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young boy looking at an exhibit at a children's museum
One of the things I’ve learned as a Let’s Play Ambassador this year is sometimes play takes planning. Parents and kids lead busy lives. Therefore, we need to become more intentional regarding play. Now that the holidays are here and our days are filled with parties, shopping, cooking and hosting...
One of the things I’ve learned as a Let’s Play Ambassador this year is sometimes play takes...
paper leaves with "thankful for play" written on them surrounded by other fall decor
This month has been all about giving thanks and while I try to do that year-round, Thanksgiving always brings it out more. As we wrap-up November today, we must remember how thankful we are for play. Earlier this year when I had the honor of becoming a Let's Play ambassador, I knew right away how...
This month has been all about giving thanks and while I try to do that year-round, Thanksgiving...
three kids helping put fallen leaves into large paper bags
With the leaves falling and the snow shovels and ice melt making their way to the front of the stores, it’s clear we are entering cooler weather and the holiday season. For us that means the potential for snow and ice, really cold days that are perfect for cuddling up under blankets and plenty of...
With the leaves falling and the snow shovels and ice melt making their way to the front of the...
My wife sometimes jokes with me because I don’t remember much of my childhood. I remember things here and there, but they mostly revolve around play, some neighborhood friends and the parks we used to frequent. As a kid in upper-elementary to middle school, my first playground was the one at school...
My wife sometimes jokes with me because I don’t remember much of my childhood. I remember things...
young boy in a knit hat and gloves sliding down a red playground slide
With Thanksgiving – and then the holidays – just around the corner, everyone’s schedule is getting crazier. There are school projects and holiday programs, gifts to buy and wrap, and of course, lots of days off from school and changes to the daily routine. It can be enough to make anyone stress out...
With Thanksgiving – and then the holidays – just around the corner, everyone’s schedule is getting...
group of four board games
As our kids grow and change, so do their play needs. It’s easy to assume that pre-teens don’t need play any longer, but they do! Their bodies and minds still benefit from play, whether it’s creative, indoor play or more active outdoor play. Play keeps us all young at heart and it’s a great way to...
As our kids grow and change, so do their play needs. It’s easy to assume that pre-teens don’t need...
ripe apple waiting to be picked from a tree
We are well into fall now! Fall is a great season for spending time outdoors with your family- the weather is beautiful, the trees are changing colors and there are so many fun activities that are best enjoyed during the fall. If you’re looking for fun family activities to add to your calendar this...
We are well into fall now! Fall is a great season for spending time outdoors with your family- the...
leaf tracings glued into a book
Living in the more temperate climate of the south, my kids and I don’t get to see many fall leaves falling from our trees in golds, reds, and bright oranges. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love fall. We just have to get creative and improvise by making our own fall leaves! Here’s one of our...
Living in the more temperate climate of the south, my kids and I don’t get to see many fall leaves...
two young boys walking through the woods
It's finally fall which means the leaves are changing colors and starting to beautifully layer the ground. My family has a lot of fall traditions, but one of my favorites is going on nature walks. It's a great way to keep everyone active, take in the fresh air and enjoy the gorgeous fall scenery...
It's finally fall which means the leaves are changing colors and starting to beautifully layer the...
two kids playing with a softball on the kitchen floor
Now that we’re all in back to school mode, it seems more difficult than ever to fit in some playtime with our kids. But there are fun, easy things we can do after homework and before dinner to make time for play. This post covers just one idea for fun and easy play, but for more ideas, see my new...
Now that we’re all in back to school mode, it seems more difficult than ever to fit in some...
boy playing with a balloon
Now that kids are going back to school, they are spending most of their day sitting down and learning. When they get home from school, it’s time for homework, dinner, baths or showers and bedtime. There isn’t much time to play during the week, so when the weekends come around, be sure to take...
Now that kids are going back to school, they are spending most of their day sitting down and...
Boys feeding ducks in the park
As a parent, after a couple years of our children enjoying summer vacation, I’m finally getting the hang of it. Our first summer was a hot mess of unstructured, disorganized, fly-by-the seat-of-our-pants play that left me more exhausted than them. Certainly, part of that was due to their young age...
As a parent, after a couple years of our children enjoying summer vacation, I’m finally getting the...

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