Honor Counselor Kristina’s Camp Journal: Name Bugs

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Kristina puts a cool twist on our  Session 4 activity, Cork Bug Creations!: Hi there! I’m Kristina from ToddlerApproved.com and right now at my house bugs are an obsession for my kids! That’s why we were very excited to try out Allie’s Cork Bug Creations from Camp Sunny Patch’s Session 4 [...]

Skill Building: Help your Preschooler Develop Healthy Friendships

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Encourage problem solving. Give children the opportunity to figure out resolutions to their conflict. Pose the question, “What can we do about this?” Reinforce Positive Behavior. When children are playing together, try to catch them engaging in appropriate behavior. Comment on how nice it was that they shared the buckets or that they took turns [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Water Balloon Group Fun

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Need a simple group play idea that won’t cost a fortune but will bring a million laughs? Keep a bag of balloons on hand. The key to long toss-and-catch games is underfilling the water balloons! Keep them small, only filling them until they begin to expand, and you’ll have a group of happy kids playing [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Beach Detectives

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Wearing your sunglasses and beach hat, become a sleuth of the shore! Use a shovel to scoop sand onto a sifter, then shake away the sand to reveal “clues.” Take a closer look with a magnifier, collect clues in a bucket or beach bag, or record findings in a detective notebook. Then use your imaginations [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sandbox Full of Dinos!

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Turn your sandbox into a dinosaur hunter’s dream! Bury toy dinos under the sand and invite your little paleontologists to the big dig. You can make a map depicting where the dinosaurs are hidden, leave a trail of dinosaur “footprints” to follow, or just let your kids dig, dig, dig to their hearts’ delight! If [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

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Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to [...]

5 Pre-Writing Skill-Builders

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Build hand, arm and shoulder strength. Encourage your child to draw, paint and create on a vertical surfaces–like an upright easel, the walls of the bathtub (try watercolors or bath crayons!), or a refrigerator or magnetic board. This position helps strengthen hand, wrist and shoulder strength, all of which are needed for writing. Strengthen fine motor [...]

Rainy Day Fun: Number Hunt

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Easter is over, but my kids are still eager to hunt for things. When the weather is nice we head outside and hunt for bugs and worms and heart-shaped rocks but when it’s raining we hunt for numbers! A number hunt is a great learning-and-playing rainy-day activity. Melissa & Doug Chunky Number Puzzle is the [...]

Skill Building Through Sand Play

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Large Motor Skills Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play! Hand-eye Coordination Children develop better control over their small muscles as they practice manipulating sand play toys like funnels, mills, shovels, scoops, and sifters. Social & Emotional Playing together in [...]