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The day had been long, and I was out of patience. It was well past bedtime when my littles asked, “Mama, just one more story?” My response was kind but firm - I was done. As I stood for two last goodnight kisses, my older boys bounded into the bedroom, asking if the littles wanted gardens planted on their backs. I was struck by their question – I hadn’t planted Nighttime Gardens in years...

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December 17, 2020
Andrea Govender

Outdoor Time Means Empowered Children for this Nature-Loving Family

Learning Through Play

When I was deciding to have children, parenting them during a global pandemic never even crossed my mind.

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December 10, 2020
Allison Duggan

Ten Inexpensive STEAM Holiday Fun Ideas for Families

Kids And Creativity, Learning Through Play

This year has been unlike any other. Now, maybe more than ever, we could all use some holiday spirit! Here are a few creative and low-budget ways to help your family and friends feel festive. Each idea will also engage growing minds in important developmental motor and STEAM skills, such as coordination and planning. You can also use these ideas a springboard for your child’s imagination – you may be surprised by what they can dream up once they get started!

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December 03, 2020
Caley O’Connor Nunnally

3 Ways to Encourage Language Development at Home

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I have a passion for making language learning fun and FUNctional. We’ve known for decades that when it comes to learning in early childhood, children are more likely to retain information when using a hands-on approach. This isn’t just for classroom learning!

If you’re looking for different ways to encourage language development at home, read on for 3 simple tips.

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November 19, 2020
Dr. Sarah Goncalves

Are You Homeschooling Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic? Here are 6 Encouraging Tips to Make Learning Fun

Learning at Home

Parents have always worn many hats: primary caregiver, homework helper, boo-boo healer...the list goes on. Recently, that list has expanded to include teacher, therapist, coach, and more. The enormity of these changes can seem overwhelming, especially if you have minimal experience in these professional fields! But, as we know, parents can rise to any occasion for their children. As adults, we learn best by understanding the why behind what we do.

Here are some ideas to make learning fun and stress-free in these uncertain times.

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November 12, 2020
Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Escape Rooms: Their Rise in Popularity and What They Say About Us

Creativity, Learning Through Play

It’s difficult to ignore the seemingly ubiquitous presence of escape room games these days. There seems to be at least one outlet for them in just about every city, and they’re touted as the perfect solution for everything from busting tourism boredom to throwing birthday parties to creating action-packed team building exercises for corporations. More recently, escape rooms have also started popping up in educational settings with teachers using them to engage learners in content and even to replace final exams! (Check out ThinkFun's own collection of Escape the Room games here.)

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