Playroom July 23 2012

BonBon Break


He didn’t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real, shabbiness doesn’t matter.”  ~The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams

My youngest daughter and I both share the same favourite storybook. The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams. I’ve loved it since I was a wee girl, and Coco feels the same. In fact, she cries every time it’s read to her. Seriously. Every time. When she asked me if she could have a Velveteen Rabbit party for her 7th birthday, I was over the moon! Oh, the possibilities!

Where do I even start? How about with the invitations?

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About Arlee: Arlee is an Early Childhood Educator, earning her degree at BYU Idaho. She run a government accredited care center in her home in Red Deer, AB. She studied with the New York Institute of Photography and she owns her own photography studio. Arlee is a mother of 6, an aspiring yogi, a lover of books, travel, good food and wine. She’s a blogger in her “spare time” and she will never say no to chocolate.

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All children love water balloons! At least my children are itching to get their hands on them once the weather starts getting warmer.  There are many ways to take a fun summer pastime and turn it into a learning opportunity for our kids.

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About Nicole: Before staying home with her two children, Nicole taught 5th grade, 4th grade, and then became a Reading Interventionist. Nicole has a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning.

She quickly discovered that her passion for finding ways to make learning fun would carry over into her home with her own children. She is always searching or thinking of something new that she can try with her little ones and share with other moms.

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SAFETY SAFARI ::: Moving Smart

Kids are born risk takers, not because they don’t know any better, but because they have to be. Some measure of physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or social risk is involved in learning anything new. And for little ones, pretty much everything is new.

So, if risk is necessary for learning, by default, so is courage. Yet in today’s risk-averse culture, we’re often not giving little ones the opportunity to practice courage in favor of keeping them “safe.”  In my experience, there are many ways to accomplish these two, seemingly opposite objectives. Here’s a great example…

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About Gill: Founder of MOVING SMART Ltd, co-author of MOVING TO LEARN, and a teacher of teachers, parents, and young children, Gill is a child development expert with a unique focus on the role of movement and play in the natural process of children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. For more insights into why kids do what they do and what you can do about it, please read Gill’s Moving Smart Blog.

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MAGIC MILK ART ::: Meet the Dubiens

This is a great rainy day indoor activity or a great sunny summer day outdoor activity. This little activity requires next to nothing to do (you more than likely have everything you need already at home), and is really neat. Just remember that food colouring can stain, so if you do this activity indoors, please take the necessary precautions! We did this indoors and the kiddos had a blast. It was so fun to mix the colours and see what magical masterpiece they created!! Here’s what you need:

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About Jill: Jill is married to a wonderful man, James, and she has 2 fantastic children – Kirsten and Camden. She loves crafting with her kiddos, creating super fun lunches for them in the kitchen and taking pictures of them. Her blog is a place to share all these things. Enjoy!

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