Friday, September 9, 2016

The Importance Of Make Believe

Hey all! I'm going to do things a little different today, hope you enjoy! Recently I've been taking some child development classes, as a mom I find these classes to be helpful not only in my profession but home as well. My hope today is to give you a little insight on a topic that I didn't think was very important but turns out.. it is!

I've always just thought that when kids play make believe ( House, School, Super Hero's) they were just being silly. While that might be true they are actually learning so much more that we realize! Research shows that when children pretend play they are not only learning how to be creative which is very important! But they are learning social skills, problem solving, empathy and so much more! Very often when children play make believe they pretend to have qualities that they wish they had such as independent, brave, strong, etc..  By observing and engaging in their play we have the opportunities to pick those things out and help encourage our little one to be as smart, strong, independent and brave as they can be! We can teach them that the sky is the limit and they can do whatever they want to do in life! Albert Einstein said " Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create!" I LOVE that! I understand that not everyone has a great playroom to play in so I found some cheap easy items to have at home so your kids can enjoy make believe play at school and home inside and out! I hope you find something useful!

                                                               Love, Your CC Blogger

Household items for pretend play

Curling iron or blow dryer ( with the cord cut off)
Old High heels and dresses
Old Pots and Pans
A card boar box can make anything!
Old men's clothes or jerseys
DIY Christmas Gifts for Kids - Homemade Christmas Presents for Children and Christmas Crafts for Kids | Toys,  Dress Up Clothes, Dolls and Fun Games |  Step by Step tutorials and instructions for cool gifts to make for boys and girls |  Feel Better Felt Band Aids  | Play and Learn Through Imagination: Grocery Store. Imaginative or dramatic play idea for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary.:  Safari Binoculars Craft Tutorial:  Printable pretend checks. Great for life skills- even though credit cards are increasingly popular most people pay bills in check!:
Turn your old makeup into fun pretend play for your toddler! This was a huge hit with my daughter and so easy to make!:

Friday, September 2, 2016

Labor Day!

Hey Hey CC Family! I know, I know... Its been WAY too long!!!! But.. I'm back and better than ever! I'm also taking requests! ANYTHING you want to learn about, ideas for homework, meals, family activities, crafts. Anything! I'll do the research and deliver you the  magic! Until then I'll deliver the magic on whatever i can think of! :-)

Fun things to do with your kiddos this wonderful 3 day weekend!! 

* Zoo        * North Shore Aquatic Center     * Hike Waterfall Canyon    * Craft for Fall

* Drive in     * Picnic at the Park      * .99 Bowling at Fat Cats   *Fishing 

What is Labor Day??

Labor day is a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the US and Canada on the first Monday in September, in many other countries on May 1.

 Here are a few ways to  teach your littles about labor day!  HAve Fun! 

Love, Your CC Blogger

labor day activities for kids:                    Labor Day Fun Quiz from TheTeacherCouple on - (2 pages) - 10 questions about the labor force in the United States. Great for discussion and fun to hear students' guesses!:

What You Need to Know About Labor Day- free printable worksheet for kids! (history, purpose, etc.):