How To Make The Very Most Out of Pretend Play In The Toddler Years

Parenting, Play and Learning, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
What can children learn through pretend play? As parents it is important for us to acknowledge that for a child "Play" is not just leisure but is how they learn. In a busy world with what seems to be tireless amounts of chores, it is easy to fall into a cycle of giving your child the same toys to play with each day, using the TV as a baby sitter or saying "maybe next time", "hold on, I just need to finish this first" each time your child comes running to you with underwear on their head exclaiming that they are Captain Underpants requesting that you come play with them. Of course there are many forms of play and endless ways to engage in play with your child. Dramatic or…
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Toddler & Preschoolers Learning To Go Green: Six Ideas That Foster Respect for the Earth

Toddler & Preschoolers Learning To Go Green: Six Ideas That Foster Respect for the Earth

Parenting
Naturally curious about their surroundings, toddlers and preschoolers love to learn about the Earth. Creating habits early in life that help children respect the planet can only foster a better place for them to grow into. Welcome to April edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama. This month’s topic is “Celebrating Our Earth - Green Living”. Please scroll down to the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants. Enjoy! ***` These are six activities that can help toddlers and preschoolers learn about and respect Earth: Recycling: Our town has a fantastic recycling program, from oil to batteries, cans to plastic and paper, just about everything is expected to be recycled here. Even the yogurt…
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