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what is learned through play

What is Learned through PLAY

This week I’m living through a dream come to reality.  I’ve wanted for a long time to provide play therapy trainings as an approved provider through the Association for Play Therapy.  Last spring I launched the Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy
sensory play essentials

Sensory Play 101

Heard all the buzz about sensory play?  Want to give kids the opportunity for sensory play, but you don’t know where to start?  Love sensory play and looking for more ideas?  This is the post for YOU!  SENSORY PLAY 101! I’ve
boy items to search & find

What’s Missing?: “Search & Find” Sensory Bin Activity

I am SO excited that for the THIRD summer in a row we are participating in the Love Books Summer Book Exchange hosted by The Educators’ Spin on It!  It’s become a summer tradition for us!!!  For those who aren’t familiar
save the pie review

Save the Pie! review … for Pi Day!

The company SimplyFun sent us a game to review … and it’s just perfect to share it today … Pi Day!  Yup, March 14 … 3.14 … Pi Day, is the perfect day for a SAVE THE PIE! review! Save the Pie
art appreciation game inspired by Marcus Pfister's book - Henri, Egg Artiste

Art Appreciation with Henri, Egg Artiste (Virtual Book Club featuring Marcus Pfister)

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Marcus Pfister.  The kids and I had fun reading through some of his wonderful books, but we decided to focus on Henri, Egg Artiste. Henri is a professional Easter egg painter
The Three Little Kittens LOST their alphabet mittens … playful learning activities from PlayDrMom

The Three Little Kittens LOST their ALPHABET MITTENS: Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring Paul Galdone

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring books by Paul Galdone.  He is known for creatively illustrating many classic children’s tales and rhymes such as The Three Bill Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk,
More Candy Experiments! a sneak peek at Loralee Leavitt's book

MORE Candy Experiments

Back a couple years ago the kids and I did some super fun candy experiments.  I had seen them on a website and we just had to try them out!  Apparently a lot of other people wanted to try them out
"If You Give A ..." Mad Lib created by PlayDrMom

“If You Give a …” Mad Lib

I always loved doing Mad Libs as a child … and have continued loving them ever since.  Now that I’m a mom, I shared my love with my kids.  Not only are they lots of fun and a great way to
thanksgiving apps

4 Fun (FREE!) Thanksgiving Apps

We had SO much fun playing with all the Halloween apps that I found for my iPhone, that I just had see if I could find some for Thanksgiving.  Here’s 4 Fun (FREE!) Thanksgiving Apps that I found, tested out with
Learning Homophones with Bear Says Thanks

“Bear Says Thanks”: Learning Homophones

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Karma Wilson.  The kids and I had only read of couple of her books before, so it was a lot of fun to explore her books in my depth his month.
13 fun Halloween apps for Kids

13 Fun Halloween Apps for Kids

Just for fun the other day I went on a search for fun Halloween Apps for Kids for my iPhone.  I was amazed at how many turned up and downloaded a bunch, almost all of them free.  The kids and I
Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve collage

Activities to go along with “Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve” (a MTH book) … and the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids

Jack and Annie, the main characters from The Magic Treehouse series (MTH), by Mary Pope Osborn, are favorites around our house.  We’ve been reading through the series (on & off) for about a year now.  It was just pure luck that