31 Days to a More Playful Tot – An Introduction

31 Days to  A More Playful Tot

31 Days to A More Playful Tot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 Days To A More Playful Tot-An Introduction

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day One} Take stock and just play

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Two} Everyday Interactions

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Three} Set the scene with your voice

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Four} Exploring the world

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Five} Less is more

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Six} Choosing a good learning environment

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Seven} Sounds, words and actions

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Eight} Real living

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Nine} Nurturing Curiosity

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Ten} The Power of Questions

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Eleven} Know Your Mind

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twelve} Cheerleader and Coach

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Thirteen} Accept and reject

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Fourteen} Gratitude, Actions and Words

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Fifteen} Let’s get social

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Sixteen} Time for a visit

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Seventeen} Critical thinking

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Eighteen} Be Inspired!

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Nineteen} Choosing (appropriate) activities

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty} More Process not product

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty one} Knowing where they are

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty two} 7 words that help shorten an outburst

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty Three} Problem solving

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty four} Goodness for your ears

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty Five} Asking the children

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty five} Quick 5 minute activities

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty seven} Books to read to discover play

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty Eight} Books to read to discover play 2

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Twenty Nine} Saying yes

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Thirty} Keep unstructured play flexible

31 days to a more Playful Tot {Day Thirty One} Creating a playspace

In my series, 31 Days to a more Playful Tot, we will explore many things, from nurturing curiosity to living in the real world. My idea is to cover a  wide variety of topics — as many as I can think of that affect my own children’s playfulness and impact my motivation for play as a parent.

{Warning}
I’m writing from the heart. Sometimes the posts will be longer and some bitesized. You won’t have a beautiful clean house at the end of this 31 day series, an organized home or perfectly behaved children who’ll love to play every second of the day.

What you’ll get though I hope will be helpful reminders, lots of nod your head moments , more focus and ideas . Plus a feeling that we all are on the same journey together to raising a more playful tot with life throwing us lots of detours along the way.

My reasons for writing these posts

  • the interaction of the community. We’re not alone. Someone’s been there before us and has an alternative to our struggles. I love hearing the different ways we – raise playful tots.
  • I’ve wanted to write this series for a while and have lots of ideas and condensing them down has been really hard.
  • Discipline of writing for this length of time (Ek!)
  • documenting what I’ve learnt with my three little boys and the meandering journey we are on.

What I expect from you:

  •  I hope you join in; post your ideas; comment.
  • I hope you read and not skim + share.
  • I hope you enjoy.
  • Most of all I hope you take these action steps and make them part of your play life from this moment on.

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So glad you will be joining me in this 31 day journey!
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Preschool art appreciation with Mondrian

We had many opportunities to visit the Art Museum and now the big art museum is a few hours away we’ve really noticed how much we miss seeing the gallery. Not being on the doorstep of a major art gallery will not dampen our enthusiasm for all things art based. Although we will have to be more deliberate.

The boys are really into straight lines and bold colours at the moment, so it wasn’t difficult to choose Piet Mondrian as our artist.

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4 ways to make afterschool connections

New routines usually take a while before everyone feels at ease with them. Starting school routines are no different. As I talked about in my recent post about after school activities to reconnect with your school aged child,  my enthusiasm at seeing them and the activities we plan to do and the tiredness and hunger they greet me with was leading to problems.

It was a mismatch.

I know we needed to change our routine from what we did before to something entirely different that would fit this purpose more.

Here are 4 awesome ideas from readers of the blog and followers on Twitter.

jdaniel4smom @playactivities We cook together. I do real cooking and JDaniel cooks with bubbles in a tub. He has a drawer for his cooking tools. [other times]..We do Starfall.com and ReadingKingdom.com together.

nurturestore @playactivities We love some kind of sensory play after sch, esp playdough, to be creative, play alongside siblings but also chill out

Mum_TheMadHouse @playactivities We have been reading as the boys have been to mentally tired or going to the park

Melissa We hang out and eat snacks and I make my girls have room time to decompress from the day. It seems to be working really well for them. Then, after some time playing or reading, they are refreshed and much more pleasant to be around!

NB: I missed taking these off my @mentions on Twitter. I had no way of finding them if I didn’t know your username. So apologies if I missed you off.

I’ve had a chance to try out these ideas at home over the past few weeks and wow they have made a difference. I had to be more organised and have the snack ready along with  a drink when they get home or on the way home if we walk. What we do at home has changes and is a little flexible but everything seems so much easier after a little decompressing time and food.

Thanks for the ideas and keep them coming.

Photo credit: ? Ambjer ?

What do you do after school to make a connection with your young  school aged child who is really tired from school?

Via email:  Julie S Well, its just morning preschool for us right now. But we go directly to the school play ground for 30 minutes (before the big kids come out after lunch) and play one-on-one. I do a few playground exercises I found in Parents Magazine (9/2010) and follow the leader (she’s the leader), then we do 3 laps around the sandbox (very large area) and then get back in the car and have a snack ready for her (water or juice or milk). Good time by all. Yes we have done a few things like StarFall too!
thanks for your blog!

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