As a continuation to my previous post, I thought it would be helpful to share other resources that demonstrate how you can continue to incorporate play into your day to day routines and activities. Again, the more what we do with our children is based around play, the more they will be interested in taking part. This is particularly important to consider simply so you have more fun and giggles in your home but also important to consider if there is a routine or time of day that continues to be a struggle. Is there a way to re-structure that event and turn it into a game? If, yes, give it a try because the results will be evident for your child and for you.
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This webpage is a great starting point. They have many different ideas of how to add more play into your day. I particularly enjoyed this article on play-doh. It shares the benefits of playing with playdoh, as well as some useful props to help with the play that you probably already have around your home. Playdough Power
Why This Toy? Is another great article on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s website. It is possible there is no end to the things that children want and ask for? This is a great article about questions you can ask yourself and maybe even ask your child before you buy that next toy. They also list some examples of toys they believe will inspire creative thinking, self-expression, movement, and learning.
Learning Through Play This is another great website that explains the importance of play and, also, shares ideas how to expand your thinking around what is play. I particularly enjoyed their idea of using a spoon to examine thoughts and ideas about reflections. This would be a great way to have your child help set the table and have fun while doing so.
ABC’s of Movement This blog shares a list of fun activities you can do with your child from A to Z. This includes ideas, like, Animal Yoga, Getting Dressed as a game, and Number recognition. You will certainly be able to find something fun to try with the help of this site.
20 Fun Indoor Games And, finally, here is a list of games that can be played on one of our many cold, rainy or snowy New England days. It says these games are for preschool aged children, but I found that almost all of these activities would be great for elementary aged students, as well. I haven’t met an elementary aged child who would not love to build a fort, play a board game or see a magic trick. Hope you find something you like on here!
And, finally, I would like to remind you that play is also good for adults. We all have a million things to do, and, I would say that playing should be right at the top of that list each and every day!