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Ideas for Sensory Bins

By Tricia Fowler / Children learn best and retain the most when they engage their senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses, and this type of play helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and physically. One easy way to engage a child’s…

photo by Suzanne Lopez

Get the Kids Outside (and Maybe a Puppy, Too!)

By Suzanne Lopez / With the springtime upon us, it’s easy to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! In Michigan, most everyone has cabin fever by this time of year, and welcome the warmer and longer days. It’s a reminder for us to send the kids outside to play, (just like we did when we…

Kids’ Swing Sets

As spring rolls around, the kids are anxious to get outside and play.  Two of their favorite attractions are swing sets and sand boxes.  As our girls grew up, we had a variety of store-bought metal swing sets and Dad’s special homemade wood sets.  The latter was so heavy duty that it was almost a…

Moving & Learning: Unstructured Physical Activity

Today’s blog is from Brooke Rains, Coordinator for Child Care Network in Lenawee, Jackson and Hillsdale Counties. Brooke is a wife, dog mom, beach lover, education graduate of Adrian College, and an Adrian resident. She is excited to blog for us about her role as a national trainer for I Am Moving, I Am Learning,…

Ideas and more ideas

I have recently discovered the website Pinterest. I have now spent way too much time perusing recipes, cute photos and craft ideas. For those of you still blissfully ignorant of this website, it is essentially a bulletin board of photos that people have “pinned” with comments for all to see. These photos link to the…

When a master plan goes south

I am a technology Nazi.  I have managed to keep video games, computer games, and most toys that run on batteries out of my house for the better part of 10 years.  When the kids were smaller, we found that when the rogue fancy toy made its way into our house, the kids spent more…

Think Like a Preschooler

Boston’s Early Childhood blog had a great post recently. It has to do with how children and adults answer four simple questions. The majority of adults get the answers wrong. Curious? Here are the questions: 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? 2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?…

The Best Toy Ever

What makes for a good toy? Has your child begged and pleaded with you to buy That Cool Toy they saw in an ad, only to abandon it a couple days after receiving it? One thing I have noticed is that toys these days come with so much commercialization and pre-made story lines that they…

Sisterly Love?

My girls are exactly 2 years and 2 months apart.  They were both born on the 3rd of the month, they have the same long blonde hair and blue eyes, and the only way we can tell their infant pictures apart is to check the name on the back.  They both love puzzles, they both…

Playing “Outside the Box”

Play is a natural instinct for babies and toddlers.  Play helps them to learn about the world around them and about themselves.  The more experiences your child or infant partakes in, the more information is stored to complete the learning experience. Your toddler or infant will learn to perform operations through trial and error and thus also learn…