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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Archive for the ‘Age-appropriate play’ Category

Pretend play: Serious learning and important work for a child

“Mama, you’re the baby. Buckle up in your car seat.” I half look up from the laundry I’m folding. “Hmm?” “Mama! Buckle up for safety! I am driving us to the airport,” says my 3-year-old, who has my full attention now. I still can’t get over when he mimics phrases I use with him. I dutifully […]

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“It’s a Dog’s Life” exhibit at kids’ i.d.e.a. Museum celebrates canines

The newest exhibit at Mesa’s kid-friendly i.d.e.a. Museum takes families on an art-filled ode to man’s best friend. “It’s a Dog’s Life,” on exhibit Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Jan. 22, includes hands-on activities featuring dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals and dingoes. Kids can play pretend in a mini veterinarian clinic, create a doggie collage based […]

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American Girl debuts civil-rights era doll, hosts “block parties”

American Girl at Scottsdale Quarter will host events this week to mark the release of its newest BeForever historical doll/character: Melody Ellison. Melody is a talented 9-year-old growing up in 1960s Detroit. Her character and family members face struggles during the civil-rights movement, and Melody finds her extraordinary voice. “No Ordinary Sound,” by Denise Lewis Patrick, […]

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Let them play! Expert argues recess builds brains, social skills

Abby Loebenberg, PhD, is a play advocate. As an anthropologist and honors faculty fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, she researches play-based learning. Unstructured play has been marginalized in American society and is often perceived as a waste of time, says Loebenberg. With dwindling school funding, daylong, structured coursework and an […]

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Beat the heat with ideas for fun at home

It’s 9 a.m. and already a scorching 100 degrees outside. The kids have already exhausted their array of LEGO activities and board games and you’re still holding out hope you can avoid the DVDs or iPads. What’s a parent to do? Everyday household items can be used for fun at home and to keep children […]

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Museum urges kids to “Move it!”

Mazes and stairs and tunnels—oh my! They’re all part of a new outdoor exhibit space spanning the front yard of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, located at the old Monroe School building on 7th Street near Heritage & Science Park. Plenty of the museum’s indoor exhibit spaces give kids ways to move while they play, […]

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Guidance on technology for toddlers

I received a press release for a new book, Toddlers on Technology (AuthorHouse, 2013) and my first thought was, shouldn’t the pages be blank? Toddlers don’t need technology—they need to be playing with blocks and books and looking for bugs in the dirt, right? But “digitods,” the authors’ name for toddlers growing up in a […]

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A smorgasbord for a healthy brain

JoAnn Deak, All Saints Episcopal Phoenix brain

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the talk by JoAnn Deak, PhD Monday night at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, here are some tidbits to whet your appetite for further reading and thinking. Deak talked about the brain and, more specifically, how to help children make the most of their brains’ capabilities […]

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Big art fun for little ones

When I saw a character on CBS’ “The Good Wife” strap four speakers to her baby bump, it reminded me that plenty of parents want their kids to get a good start with arts and culture. But sometimes it’s hard to find music, art or dance opportunities for wee ones. This time of year, when holiday-related tasks […]

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A parent’s guide to tech gifts

With the holidays here, digital immigrants — those of us born before the tech boom — scramble to buy popular tech gifts for a generation of digital natives — those who practically emerged from the womb with cell phone in hand. At the same time, parents navigating the ever-changing technological landscape wonder about the long-term […]

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