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  1. School Age Kids

    Encouraging your child to play independently

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    When I was young and my imagination was still intact, some my favorite things to do were things that didn’t involve many toys. I...
  2. Children's School & Education

    Traditional schools are not for my family

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    As soon as my daughter was born, people started asking us where she would go to preschool. "Um, I have no idea. Isn’t it way too...
  3. Preschoolers

    What is a play-based approach to preschool?

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    In your house, “play” might be loud, messy and chaotic. In a play-based preschool, however, the emphasis is always on learning —...
  4. Parenting Tips & Advice

    Remember when kids had time to get bored?

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    Back to school and back to the crazy schedule? Who says you really have to do all the things? Believe it or not, free play,...
  5. Preschoolers

    How to encourage imaginary play

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    Imaginative play does wonders for children, and you can do wonders for them by giving them the tools to broaden their imaginary play.
  6. Preschoolers

    Play by hand or battery-powered toys? Benefits of both

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    The power of play is no laughing matter — playing games or creating imaginary scenarios actually helps kids develop life skills that...
  7. Toys & Play

    Decode your child's play

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    Your child's play is more than just a way to pass the time. Find out more about how play can help develop physical, emotional,...
  8. Toys and Play

    Holiday gifts for kids that inspire the imagination

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    These creative holiday gifts will encourage and inspire your child's imagination and provide endless hours of entertainment.
  9. Preschoolers

    Simple ways to find more playtime

    School, homework and chores are important, but don't forget to make time for your kids to enjoy plenty of playtime, too!
  10. Preschoolers

    The importance of play

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    Want a smart, creative and healthy child? Playtime activities are vital to mental and physical development, so encourage more play...
  11. Preschoolers

    Fun preschool activities that bring TV and books to life

    Does your preschooler like to watch TV? Does she always have her head in a book? Bring those worlds to life!
  12. Parenting Advice & Columns

    Breaking kids out of their comfort zone

    Parenting is sometimes a challenging endeavor. You feel all of your child’s successes and failures as if they were you own. You even...
  13. Parenting

    6 Ways to teach during play

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    Children are naturally interested in the world around them. Learn how to encourage their natural curiosity and instill a love of...
  14. Parenting

    How different styles of play encourage child development

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    Child's play is serious business and the way your child plays has a lot to do with his or her development. Make sure to help your...
  15. Parenting Advice & Columns

    Go out and get dirty!

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    When you think of your own childhood, how many of your memories are of time spent inside? It turns out our parents were onto...
  16. Parenting

    Signs your baby is ready to play

    For their first few months, babies don’t do much but eat and sleep. Around 4 or 5 months, though, they’ll start to be a lot more...
  17. Parenting

    Baby playtime pointers for 6- to 9-month-olds

    By now you know your child’s personality and you’re ready to help foster her sense of humor and fun. Your 6- to 9-month-old comes...
  18. Parenting

    Baby playtime pointers for 3- to 6-month-olds

    After 3 months, your baby is slowly starting to develop a unique personality and, as a mother, you’re starting to get to know your...
  19. Parenting

    Baby playtime pointers for newborns

    After spending nine months in the womb, your baby has finally popped out, full of energy and playfulness. Spending quality time with...
  20. Toys & Play

    What makes a great baby toy?

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    The amount of baby toys and baby toy brands available on the market can be overwhelming to the savviest of shoppers. As a parent,...