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  • Activities at Home for Visually Impaired Children

    Playtime with Blind and visually impaired children by Wooden Toy Shop

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  • Imaginary Friends: Should you be Concerned?

    Answer: NO, you shouldn’t be concerned if your child has an imaginary friend! In fact, imaginary friends are very common. A study conducted by University of Washington and University of Oregon psychologists found by age seven, 65% of children have had an imaginary friend at some point in their lives! Here’s what you need to know: Myth: Children are living in a world of confusion and truly think their imaginary friend is alive.      Fact: Children know their imaginary friend isn’t real. They are able to separate fantasy from real life! It’s all pretend and make-believe! Myth: Imaginary friends show loneliness or lack of social skills in a child.      Fact: Children with imaginary friends are actually exercising their imaginations. Research shows children with imaginary friends are very social, engage in more laughing and smiling with peers, and have a sophisticated understanding of how others may feel or think.  Myth: Children who have imaginary friends are troubled.      Fact: Having an imaginary friend does not show a child is troubled. However, if a child has experienced a traumatic event or difficulties in life, an imaginary friend may comfort him/her.  Myth: An imaginary friend is a made up character that […]

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  • Art Resolution Month at Pretend City!

    During the month of January, Pretend City Children’s Museum is focusing on art! Each week, a new type of art will be highlighted through activities and projects for our museum guests to enjoy! There are many unique styles of art; each style teaching children different skills and expanding their imaginations! Week 1: Clay Days Clay is an art medium that is very tactile and can be molded into anything children can imagine. Children can shape, mold, roll, squeeze, and combine clay to create fun art pieces. Once they have created their masterpiece, children can reuse the clay to create something new! Why clay? Clay forces children to work with their hands, which helps them develop motor skills and improve dexterity. Using clay can be therapeutic for children while helping boost their confidence and self esteem!   Week 2: Artistic Inspiration When artists create a work of art, often times they were inspired by a work they had previously seen. This week is all about children seeing different works of art and live art demonstrations to inspire them to create their own! Some live art demonstrations this week include mural paintings, illustrations, follow-along drawings, and art projects! Why artistic inspiration? It’s always […]

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  • Why We’re Revolutionizing Our Art Studio…

    New Year; New Art Studio! In 2017, our Art Studio will transition into PROCESS-BASED art! What is PROCESS-BASED art, you ask? Process-based art is about the journey, not the destination. Process-based art is about creating, imagining, and exploring…not replicating. Process-based art does not have instructions, or a sample end product. The opposite of PROCESS-based art is PRODUCT-based art, where children are working toward an art goal. In PRODUCT-based art, children are worried about following the instructions, the “right” and “wrong” way of how it should look, they may even become frustrated if they feel their art does not look like the sample. At Pretend City, we want children to learn through play. We want them to learn through their art projects. This is why one of our resolutions is to switch over to process-based art; where children can create unique, open-ended pieces of art, build confidence, and use their imaginations. Examples of PROCESS-based art include: Easel painting with a variety of colors and brushes Exploring and creating with clay Finger painting Making collages using tissue paper or construction paper of different colors and sizes Using stamps Weaving cloth, yarn, or paper Stringing beads independently and creatively Using unusual tools to paint […]

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  • Why are Young Children often Afraid of Santa?

    As a Child Development Specialist for over four decades, a Psychotherapist AND the wife of the best Santa around, I have some degree of expertise about why young children are often afraid of Santa.  And I can tell you that there is no one reason!  But I can give you a variety of reasons and since you know your child better than anyone, I will leave it up to you to identify which may be the reason your child may not automatically jump in his lap and snuggle up to Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. Reasons they are afraid of Santa • Normal Child Development Stages – Children under about age two have very predictable stages of both stranger anxiety and separation anxiety. When a child is handed to Santa from the comfort and familiarity of their parents’ arms, both are triggered. •They are not aware of Santa as a person – Santa has an unfamiliar costume on and lots of facial hair covering his face.  Now you and I see him and feel warm and cozy as it likely evokes pleasant holiday memories.  Not so for a young child.  They see a “mask” and costume much like we see on […]

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