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Sandtray Play Therapy: an overview

If you haven’t heard of sandtray therapy, you’re in for a treat.  If you’ve heard of it, but haven’t tried it out this may give you that push to go for it.  And, if you use sandtray  … well, you already
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
What is Sensory Play?

What is Sensory Play? … and why is it important?

So, there’s been a TON of talk and posts about sensory play … especially around the blogosphere.  But if you don’t happen to work with or have young children, especially those with sensory issues you might not understand what sensory play
If holiday stress has got you in a tangle, try sitting down for awhile to create your own Christmas Zentangle!

Christmas Zentangles

Since the kids and I had so much fun making Zentangle Turkeys for Thanksgiving, I figured we’d make some Christmas Zentangles! Making zentangles are simple, easy, and fun!  I find the repetition really relaxing and enjoy figuring out a creative way
make a zentangle turkey

Zentangle Turkeys

Ok .. I may or may not have stumbled upon this idea while I was trying to find something for Z in my upcoming ABCs of Thanksgiving.  But either way, this is a fun activity to include for your Thanksgiving guest
who's like me

“Who’s Like Me?” – A SimplyFun Game Review

Since SimplyFun sent me the game “Who’s Like Me?” to review I’ve been playing it with my own kids and with children I see in play therapy.  It’s a terrific, compact and unique card game where the object is to match
protective armor against bullies

Protective Armor Against BULLIES

Bullies.  They are out there.  Young and old.  People who tear down others … maybe to feel stronger, in more control, (falsely) better.  They may do it verbally … picking on someone’s faults or differences, making “jokes” or slanderous comments.  They
playing with Sarah's Silks

Enchanting PlaySilks: Product Review for Sarah’s Silks

One of my favorite memories playing as a child was with a drawer filled with silk scarves that my mom had.  I loved the colors, the patterns, how they felt in my hands, the almost weightless quality.  And they could be
stop negative thinking

Teach Kids How to STOP Negative Thinking

“I can’t”                  “I’ll never be able to …”                                                  
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
How to utilize the books of Mem Fox in play therapy and as parenting resources

Utilizing the Books of Mem Fox in Play Therapy and as Parenting Resources

I’ve said this time again, one of the reasons we love participating in the Virtual Book Club for Kids is because it exposes myself and my kids to children’s authors that we might not otherwise explore.  This month’s featured author, Mem
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