The Importance of Creative Play and the Magic of Make Believe

importance of creative play“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” This quote by Carl Sagan emphasizes the importance of the use of imagination, and this holds especially true for children. Encouraging your kids to engage in “creative play” is not only crucial to the learning process, but it will set the foundation for innovative thinking as they grow older. Here are a few ideas to inspire creative thinking with your child:

Disney World

Walt Disney World is the epitome of imagination in every way possible. Ranging from its vast array of fictional cartoon characters to the seemingly, never-ending theme parks, made up of attractions you could only think of in dreams. Disney is the perfect place for a child to begin the creative process and start to develop a mind full of great ideas. Also, finding a place for your family to be together during this trip is even more effective! Try to find the best Florida vacation home rental deals to make this all possible.

Build Stuff

It can be as small as wooden blocks and LEGOs, or as big as a makeshift fort or treehouse; the benefits of teaching your child how to build different structures are extremely valuable to their development. A child learning that a tower of blocks collapses without necessary support helps children develop spatial skills. Piecing together a toy part by part to build different items improves hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Playing with construction toys is important to a kid’s cognitive thinking skills. It may seem like it’s all a game to your child, but they are taking away a lot more from these activities.

Cooking with Kids

Has your child ever asked you where all their great-tasting food is coming from? Instead of simply telling them how you made it, show them! Cooking with your kid is not only valuable family bonding time, but it serves as a helpful learning tool for their growing minds. Cooking involves a bunch of different hidden math skills including, fractions (1/2 cup of milk), temperatures (boiling points), and even geometry (12 x 8 pan). Also, since cooking usually involves recipes, your children will develop their reading skills and get better at following directions. Finally, once a dish is successfully prepared, your child will get a self esteem boost for being able to cook their own food!

Florida vacation home rentals

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Tips for Throwing Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash

first birthday party ideasYour child’s first birthday part is a huge occasion! Even though your little one won’t remember the event, it’s still important for everyone to celebrate. Invite your friends and family, buy a cake, and sing Happy Birthday! Make the occasion special by using some of these ideas.

1. Invite lots of babies. If your child doesn’t get to spend a lot time around other children, invite anyone you know who has a baby. Imagine the excitement your little one will experience when he/she gets to play with all the new faces! Plus, this distraction will give you a few moments to enjoy your family’s company.

2. Create a birthday keepsake. The first of anything is the perfect time to start a tradition. Pick up a scrapbook from a craft store and fill out the first couple pages with photos and memories of the first party.

3. Instead of a cake, serve a tower of cupcakes. We’re all about eating healthier these days, and that means skipping the large slices of cake. Choose instead to bake a batch of cupcakes that you can decorate and style differently. Also, your one-year-old will have an easier time handling a cupcake.

4. Create a play-place. Many babies around this age still on all fours or just starting to walk. Corral off an area of your house and stock it full of toys and games for little guests to play and interact.

5. Lots of balloons! Balloons are simple and babies love them. Rent a helium tank and fill up a room for of balloons for tossing and playing.

6. Planes, trains, and automobiles. Set up a craft station for your guests to make their own cardboard airplanes, cars, and trains. Add brush and finger paints so they can decorate their creations.

7. Custom invitations. Download a template and fill out personalized invitations for your guests. Make them fun and colorful. Add a construction paper background so they’re sturdy and strong enough to tack to a guest’s bedroom wall as a keepsake.

8. Decorate everything. At such a young age, your little one (and any little guests) will be enthralled by colors, lights, and interesting sights. Use streamers, candles, strung colored lights, wall stickers of favorite characters, and anything else you can think of to make the party rooms look different.

9. Story time! Ask a friend who can read dynamically (or hire a professional – they do exist!) to put on a show by reading a story. Work with the storyteller to set the room for the mood through the decorations and lighting.

no slip baby bowlGuest blog by Barbara Schantz of Baby Dipper Bowl

As a stay-at-home mom of 2 sets of twin babies, Barbara faced the daunting task of feeding them. Frustrated with the bowls she had already purchased, she researched and bought other bowls, but still remained disappointed. She needed a bowl that required only one hand to successfully feed a baby, but wasn’t able to find one on the market that satisfied this need. The vision for the Baby Dipper® bowl came to her when her twin girls were about 6 months old, not long after they started eating baby cereal and other pureed foods. After much learning and hard work, she was able to bring the Baby Dipper bowl to market so that others can enjoy true one-handed feeding.

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