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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How Worry Eaters Help Children Manage Fears

How Worry Eaters Help Children Manage Fears

Everyone Worries We are all afraid of something. So we worry. Children and adults alike. And that’s not altogether bad. In fact, our fears help keep us safe and motivate us to do whatever we can to avoid what we fear could happen. Whether we’re 16 or 60, taking the...

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Life Happens – Be Resilient

We’ve all likely heard the oft quoted, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Experience confirms the truth. Lest I forget, however, I was reminded when my daughter-in-law called in tears to say she needed a ride to the hospital. She was...

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Learning to Value Process

I admire creative people and am fascinated by the creative process. I’ve been observing how people view what they do and how they react when challenges arise along the way. Process leads to product, and that’s where differences surface. If we begin our process with a...

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What Creativity Looks Like

We talk about the importance of children developing creativity and problem-solving skills. What are we saying? Being creative means thinking differently, being imaginative, inventive, innovative. Its expression relies upon persistence, problem-solving,...

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Jumping in Leaves & Other Fun Fall Activities

Fewer hours of daylight and dropping temperatures naturally find us spending more time indoors. That means more time to express our creativity.  Everyone – kids and adults alike – benefits from process activities. Autumn provides bountiful, free, natural...

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Play While the Sun Shines

Autumn, our third season, marks the transition from summer to winter. Delicate summer fruits give way to crisp apples and pears. Leaves on the trees turn glorious shades of red, orange, and yellow before cascading to the ground. While the season offers opportunities...

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Artistry in Alphabet Blocks

Classic Early Childhood Play What early childhood toy is more classic than wooden alphabet blocks? Long before they are ready to learn the letters and numbers on the blocks, children engage in block play. They “fill and spill”, dropping blocks into a container, then...

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Fidget to Pay Attention

Distracted? Not Paying Attention? Is there anyone alive who hasn’t been admonished to pay attention? We’re all prone to distraction. When we’re absentminded, daydreaming, or preoccupied, our minds are miles away. We’re not alert and observant, not on the ball. That...

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How Play Increases Concentration and Focus

What’s the attention span of a goldfish? What’s yours? According to a Microsoft study, a goldfish averages nine seconds, one second longer than the average human. Not so long ago – at the turn of this century – the average human attention span was 12...

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Balls, Blocks, and Babies

There are a multitude of distinctions for babies to discover between and among balls and blocks. What’s likely their first impression? Balls are round, blocks square? I suspect experiential learning of the difference between roundness and squareness marks the...

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Have An Oball, Baby!

Oball is another type of ball popular with babies. Three variations each offer different play experiences that infants and toddlers find engaging. All are round, allowing babies to internalize the feeling of roundness and all roll, inviting visual tracking of an...

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Have A Ball, Baby!

Here’s a challenge for you. Name one toy that, in one form or another, appeals to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, the school-aged, adolescents, and adults. Here’s a hint. Although available in a multitude of shapes, sizes, materials, and weights, the first one you...

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Observing Play Preferences

Play, at its best, is self-directed. As a result, children develop personal preferences while engaging in a variety of different types of play. Observing children engaged in spontaneous play allows us to learn what they like to do. Knowing this, we can provide...

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Make Play a Priority

Play is universal. Spontaneous. Joyful. Stress relieving. Any activity we do for pleasure. Whether we’re engaged in a solitary pursuit or interacting with others, as long as we’re enjoying ourselves, we’re playing. Play is essential to our well being. When doing...

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Lights, Music, and Movement, Everyone!

All light up toys are feasts for our eyes. Some hum or whir, causing our ears to perk up too. Think Meteor Storm. Others encourage active play. Finger Lightz come to mind as a light up that gets fingers wiggling, arms waving, and feet dancing. Combining lights, sound,...

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Sharing What We Learn From You

Because children learn while playing, our goal is to offer toys that invite open-ended play and encourage self-directed learning among all citizens of play. Hearing how much your child delights in playing with something you purchased from PlayopolisToys makes our...

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Great Light Up Toys Not in the Top 7

The problem with any top 7 list is what gets left off. With light up toys that includes ones that deserve careful consideration. Although their appeal is not as broad, what they do, they do well. Consider these four light up toys for the delight they elicit and the...

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Top 7 Light Up Toys

Light up toys are our best sellers. Some are simple, others are more complex. All immediately grab our attention. Spellbound, we focus intently on the lights. Waiting expectantly to see what comes next. While watching, we’re so absorbed in the moment that we...

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Show Respect. Judge Not.

I’ve been thinking about my friend and her heartfelt desire not to be defined by physical limitations caused by a chronic and incurable disease. I bristle at the thought that anyone would make assumptions or label her based solely on limitations. I suspect anyone...

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Asking for Help

Recently I received an email from a friend. She was writing to family and friends, with encouragement from her internist of many years, to address an elephant in the living room. She experienced progressive symptoms affecting her ability to walk months before being...

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