Ask a child what superheroes do, and the answer is most likely that they ‘save the day.’ This innocence is what makes superhero play so much fun. Here are a few reasons why superhero play is fun and how to encourage it. Remember that the focus can easily be shifted to the good work that superheroes do and not the bad behaviors of the criminals. Superhero Play Involves Powers Each superhero is unique, thanks mostly to their diverse powers. Superman can fly. Spiderman can spin webs. Catwoman can scale buildings. Even Queen Elsa, from Disney’s hugely popular film Frozen, is [...]
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Gardening activities come to mind as soon as spring has spring. As the snow melts and the days grow longer, it’s important to get children outside and into nature. One way to get children excited about the outdoors is by involving them in a garden. Gardens don’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Indeed, the best gardens are simple labors of love. Read on to find fun gardening activities that any child will love. They all start with a bit of guidance from an adult, but once your child becomes immersed in the world of gardening, they will start to [...]
Children were born to be active. It is their natural state. As parents and caregivers, it is up to us to not only encourage activity, but find ways to incorporate it in a daily routine. This post looks to answer the question, why it's important to keep children active. Decreases Screen Time When your child is active, it means that they are not inactive. This sounds intuitive, but is still important to remember. If you child is playing it means that they are definitely not sitting passively in front of a screen. And we can all agree that too much [...]
We’ve all been there. Out in public and next to you is a screaming toddler. You don’t want to acknowledge it, but that toddler belongs to you, and somehow you need to deal with the situation. There is no easy way to deal with a toddler meltdown, but there are ways to prevent one from happening. How to prevent a toddler meltdown may not always be possible, but by focusing on food, sleep, and activity, you can lessen the chances of it happening. Food Toddlers have little stomachs, and they need to be constantly refilled to sustain their energy. While [...]
Imaginative play is one of the best ways for children to learn. It allows them to use their imagination and practice real-life situations in a safe setting. Here are five ways to foster imaginative play. They are simple, easy, and most importantly, child-focused. Let Children Lead It’s no secret that children are more imaginative than adults. Because of this, it’s important to let children be the leaders in imaginative play. Let them come up with the premise. If they’re not sure how to start, offer prompts rather than suggestions. Open-ended questions are best. “What kind of job do you want [...]
It can be so easy to forget about keeping your kids active in winter. It’s dark, cold, and it can seem miserable. But it’s so important for kids to exercise, especially as recent studies suggest that almost 80% of children aren’t getting enough activity. 1 - Enjoy The Outdoors It might be cold, but you can still enjoy being outside with your kids. Encourage your kids to go out even in winter to walk the dog, play with their friends or go to the park. 2 - Try A New Activity Try going to your local indoor swimming pool, indoor [...]
Kids nowadays have a habit of nibbling throughout the day. However, most of the snacks they consume are not healthy and are detrimental to their health. Cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, and chips are just some of the most common. Snacks are important for kids because they have a higher metabolic rate and high energy requirements. There are some healthy snacks kids can feed on to satisfy their sweet tooth. Here are some great snack time ideas: Fruit smoothies Not only are fruit smoothies naturally sweet and nutritious, but they also have no sweeteners. Smoothies are easy to make. You only [...]
Snowy days can be a real bore at times. While playing in the snow can be fun and exciting, it's much less enjoyable when it's actively snowing. It does limit the number of activities you and your kids can do. But that doesn't mean there are no great things to do when the weather outside is frightful! Here are some of our favorite snowy day suggestions: A Trip to Kids Fun City When the snow is thick and deep, it can be hard for kids to run around and get good physical entertainment. That's where an indoor playground like Kids [...]
Family nights are a great way for families to bond together and have a great time in each other's company. It does seem, however, that many people's idea of family time revolves around TV – or, in a pinch, going to see a movie. While there's nothing wrong with these activities per se, it can be more fun at times to do something special; to book an experience that people don't do on their own all that often. Here are some great possible ideas for fun family events that allow you to turn off the television. Mini-Golf We have a [...]
With the holiday season right around the corner, it's time to track down those great gifts that your kids will love. If you're like us, though, you may find it hard to keep track of just what's cool and what's not! While we could provide a list of what's hot right now, the list would quickly become out of date. Instead, here are some tips on how to find what the coolest toys are, no matter when you're reading this. Look for Hot Sellers Naturally, things that are selling a lot are bound to be popular. Most online sites, including [...]