Intergenerational Play Rocks

Intergenerational Play Rocks

Thanksgiving Gatherings Everyone benefits from purposeful intergenerational relationships. The gathering of family and friends to share a meal at Thanksgiving traditionally involves multiple generations. What better time to share activities that nurture connections...

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Why I Avoid Licensed Products

Babies As Billboards Here we are 17 years into the 21st century. The only constant is change and that comes at an increasingly maddening speed. Since becoming a grandmother a year ago, I’ve discovered that almost every aspect of “bringing up baby” is different now....

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Mathematics: Numeracy

From Reciting to Understanding When reciting numbers in ascending order or saying the alphabet,” young children are usually simply demonstrating memorization skills. Numeracy and literacy require understanding the meaning those symbols and being able to put that...

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Mathematics: Geometry

Shapes and the arrangement of relative parts within a whole are the subject of geometry. Consider the construction of spider webs or the arrangement of petals forming a rose. Study the facade of a cathedral, the angles and the fitting together of the architectural...

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Mathematics: Measurement

Measurement is a basic math concept for time, quantity, size, weight, and volume. Children learn these properties naturally through play. Think about the concepts learned while filling and spilling, nesting and stacking. Fill the pail. The pail is full. Spill the...

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Previously I wrote on two topics that touch all of us – how our lives can change forever in a heartbeat and how staying calm empowers us to carry on. At birth, every child transforms the lives of its family. Daily living will never be as it was. That’s a given....

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Read Across America

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Your books have had quite an impact these past 80 years. Your wonderfully whimsical words and drawings continue to delight and inspire the young and the young at heart. You encourage us to “think and wonder, wonder and think.” We’re better...

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Name This Famous Person

An author/illustrator born on 2 March 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts . Need a clue or two? 1. Wrote and illustrated books for adults and children, and holds the rare distinction of having been number one on The New York Times Best-Sellers List for both nonfiction...

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Rain, Rain Come Our Way

After years of drought, we experienced the wettest January in more than a decade, and I celebrated every drop. Granted inclement weather poses challenges, from rain slick streets and highways to mud flows and flooding. Yet week after week of sunny skies during the...

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Children Learn While Playing

Play is essential. Children learn while playing, and we adults do irreparable damage to children when we ignore this truth. By play, I mean self-directed, open-ended exploration and discovery. When playing, children use of what’s available, decide what they want to...

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Finding The Best Toy

       Customers sometimes ask me to recommend the best toy for their child or grandchild, particularly if the child has a special need. Many begin the conversation by sharing a diagnosis. While valuable, this information only addresses one aspect of who the child is....

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Flourishing During the Holidays

Whether your family celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas or both, this year finds the celebrations coinciding. With its eight days, Hanukkah begins on the evening of December 24 and culminates on the evening of January 1. The traditional Christian celebration of Christmas...

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Holiday Gifts for Tots

The Holidays are upon us! PlayopolisToys has made a list of a few favorites to help you with your holiday shopping. Happy Holidays!   Newborn to 12 months:  Giant Soft Book: Giant Soft book offers babies multi-sensory stimulation through each of its pages. Baby...

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Do As I Do And As I Say

Thanksgiving is our most family-centered holiday. We come together to share a meal and spend time with those we cherish, or at least that’s the plan. I’m aware that often friction among relatives mars the experience, and an opportunity to celebrate kinship and...

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