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 […]

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. […]

Ultimate Guide to Christmas Crafts for Kids

When I was a little girl, the days before Christmas were full of crafts and baking projects. Now that I’m a mom, I’m trying to make the same memories with my boys. As I’ve been searching for crafts to go along with some of our favorite Christmas books, I’ve found a few gems that I […]

Scripture Memorization for Kids

Here is the vlog I posted on The MOB Society the other day. I wanted you to be able to see it even if you didn’t go over to read the other post. Here’s the quick version: Using hand movements¬†and music helps kids remember things (School House Rock anyone?). Why not use hand movements or […]