DIY Preschool Dress-up Corner

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions and ideas are mine alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias My kids love to play dress-up. Give them a cape or a hat and they’ll pretend they’re someone else and enter the land of make believe. As we’ve added to the dress-up clothes and […]

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 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, […]