Category Archives: play

Five Ways to Transcend the School Mindset

When we think of education, we tend to view school as the standard even if we simultaneously realize that many parts of that school model aren’t really working. Get past the school mindset to foster wider learning. Continue reading

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Odd Second Saturday Suppers

Don’t see friends and loved ones often enough? Here’s an unexpected solution. Continue reading

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We Need Hidden Worlds

Why we need small, cozy, and hidden places. Continue reading

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Play Outside After Dark

Go outside in the evening, when play is more enchanting for people of any age. Check out these 11 ideas including “anytime caroling,” full moon walks, and shadow puppetry. Continue reading

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The Dart Collection

A neighborhood of free ranging kids and the girl whose mysterious summer project surprises them all. Continue reading

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Summer Family Fun: 55 Ideas

How to nudge fun into the awesome range. Continue reading

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Where Fascination Leads

Do a small child’s fears and fascinations have something to do with a uniqueness he’s trying to live out, a sort of “acorn” of destiny? Continue reading

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38 Unexpected Ways To Revel In Snail Mail

You think snail mail is dull? Liven up your snail mail experience. Mail something unwrapped like a shovel. Make your own envelopes and seal them with homemade flavored glue. Write an un-thank you note. Correspond with a toddler. Get ahead at work using good old fashioned snail mail. Find out how one man mailed himself to freedom. Continue reading

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How To Raise Word Nerds

Oh they think they’re having fun, but they’re building better vocabularies and learning to love words. Muh ha ha. Continue reading

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Throw Strangely Amusing Parties

Host a pig pen party. Or a box party. Or get gluing with friends and make some art. Strange parties are the best parties. Continue reading

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