How Climbing Trees Builds Creative Thinking

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Have you ever climbed a tree? Do your kids like climbing trees? This has never been high on my list, even back in the nursery school days, but my 3 year old N has climbing in her soul and will climb just about anything: rock climbing walls, trees, jungle gyms, furniture, fences, etc. She seems to gravitate especially to trees that offer a challenging climb, and I like it … [Read more...]

DIY Water Wall

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Does it feel like summer in your part of the world? It's heating up here, and my kids have been enjoying this easy and inexpensive new backyard water feature. All you need is a nearby water source and a wall to attach it to. I've been inspired by Let the Children Play once again! Last summer Jenny gave us the idea for our mud pie kitchen (and here's her mud kitchen), and … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Wheat Berries

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Could your child spend hours sifting flour or scooping sand? Sensory activities like these can fully absorb the minds of young children as they test the limits of materials and build imaginary worlds through pouring, filling, and building. This sensory activity is so easy, it doesn't require a lot of materials, and the process of exploring tactile materials through hands-on … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Wet Paper

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Does your toddler enjoy squishing play dough, scooping rice, or dumping buckets of sand? It's widely recognized (read here and here) that sensory activities play a central role in infant and child brain development. This is one of those amazing activities that just "happened," invented by a toddler who was curious about the combination of paper and water, and could be easily … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Shredded Paper

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If you're afraid of a mess, I have to warn you up front that this is a messy one. But it's not a dirty kind of mess and if you stick with me here, you might become a shredded paper convert like me. It all started innocently, and rather boring, enough. It was a bill-paying day, and I set the kids up with their own stack of mailing labels stickers, pens, and old checkbooks … [Read more...]