Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

The two words every mom hates hearing: I’m BORED! My kids know that if they tell me they’re bored, I’ll find them a chore, but maybe you’re nicer than me. After the chore is done, I will help them figure out something to do. There were several activities in last week’s Good Tips Tuesday that would […]

Raking Leaves Pretend Play

One of our favorite children’s books to read in Autumn is Fall Leaves Fall! It’s a colorful little book about two brothers enjoying leaves in the fall and all of their Autumn adventures–raking leaves, jumping in leaf piles, making leaf art, and more. As we were reading, Asher had some questions about what the characters […]

14 Picture Books about Building with Blocks, Engineering, and Architecture

With this week’s review of BionicBlox, our new favorite engineering toy, I thought it only appropriate that I share some of my favorite books about building with blocks, engineering, and architecture. Here is a list of 14 picture books about building with blocks, engineering, and architecture. Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins is a wordless book […]

BionicBlox–An Engineering Toy for Open-Ended Play

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review. I was compensated for my time in reviewing the product and writing our experience. All opinions are my own and honest; a positive review was not required. No affiliate links are present. As a former early childhood educator turned homeschool mom, I’m always on the look […]

Thoughts on Play from Mr. Rogers

This post is a part of the series, 31 Days of Open-Ended Play. Be sure to read all the posts in the series for more great ideas for encouraging learning and creativity through open-ended play.  

10 Traits of Great Toys

Play is the work of a child. ~ Maria Montessori If play is the work of the child, then toys are the tools children use to get the job done. Unfortunately, not all toys are created equal, so how can we decided if a toy is worth it or not? What makes a good toy? […]

Throwing out the Script to Engage in Open-Ended Play

Beep-Beep! Chugga-Chugga! Vroom-Vroom! If my days had a soundtrack, those sounds would definitely dominate the playlist. If a toy has wheels, my boys love it. If the toy has sounds and batteries, I’m a tad bit more selective. In these modern days with iPads, smart phones, and buttons at every turn, I find myself a […]

The Biggest Obstacle to Open-Ended Play

One of the biggest obstacles to open-ended play is time. Too often, a child’s day is too scheduled to allow them the time to immerse themselves in make-believe. With the hurry and the rush, rush, rushing to and fro for activities, kids barely have time to read a book and snuggle before bed, let alone […]

The What & Why of Open-Ended Play

How many times have you given a child the latest, expensive toy only to have them unwrap it and find more pleasure in the wrapping paper and box than the toy inside? It happens all the time. Little did you know you just provided an open-ended play experience! What is Open-Ended Play? Open-ended play is, […]

31 Days of Open-Ended Play

For the month of October, I’m going to participate in the Nester’s 31 Days Series link-up. While things here are hectic with baseball season, I’m ready to get back to writing and sharing things I’m passionate about. Each day this month, I’ll be adding a new post in the series 31 Days of Open-Ended Play. […]