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  • Making Time For Play at Every Age

    Making Time for Play at Every Age Kids of all ages need and have a right to play – as do all other living creatures… including adults! With play hours being sucked from a child’s day at drastic rates, it is even more important that adults ensure that children and the whole family MAKE TIME FOR PLAY.  We are raising a generation of anxious, overweight, unsocial children and play is the antidote for all of these problems. Here are some tips to keep play alive and kickin’ at any age: 0-1: Play is critical for this explosive period of brain development.  It is imperative for forming core attachments, which sets the anchor for healthy relationships. Provide lots of sensory stimulation with a variety of textures, smells, and sounds.  Belly time on the floor with interesting objects will do the trick.  And provide lots of face-to-face time with your baby. Remember that you are your baby’s mirror to the world. This is an easy one because it’s so much fun to play patty cake and peekaboo and just to giggle with your baby! 1-2: Play is all about moving at this age.  So give your little one lots of opportunity to […]

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  • Mindfulness Tips to Practice at Home

    Try these Mindfulness Tips at Home!  Playing “telephone” is a wonderful way to encourage mindful listening in your home. This fun game will build literacy, encourage communication and listening skills. First, ask your family to sit in a circle. Then ask one person begin the game by whispering (very softly) a simple phrase to the other person. Follow this step throughout the circle. In the end, ask the last person to share what they heard. Use this exercise as an opportunity to have fun and encourage deep listening to the other. Mindful breathing can help your child settle down after a high energy activity. One simple suggestion is to offer three mindful breaths before or after ending an activity. For example, “Before we eat lunch, let’s find our quiet bodies and take three, peaceful breaths.” By creating this opportunity, you are showing your child how to care for themselves and encourage inner listening. Practice Mindful Breathing. During a quiet or transition time, invite your child to practice “mindful breathing”. First, ask them to choose a small toy or stuffed animal. Ask them to lay down and place the toy or stuffed animal on their belly. Guide them through their breathing […]

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  • How to Play Dreidel

    It’s Chanukah! Along with the menorah, the dreidel is one of the most popular symbols of this Jewish holiday. But what exactly is a dreidel? The dreidel is a traditional game played by children during Chanukah. It is a spinning top with 4 sides, each side with a Hebrew letter on it. As children spin the top, they place bets on which letter the dreidel will display when it stops spinning. Traditionally, children will usually play for a pot of gelt, or a chocolate coins covered with gold foil.  Playing with the dreidel is a fun Chanukah tradition that children of all ages (and grown-ups) can enjoy! Check out this fun infographic to learn about the brief history of the dreidel and how to play! Learn more about Chanukah traditionas at aish.com/Hanukkah. 

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  • Join in a movement of generosity! #GivingTuesday

    We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday a global day dedicated to giving back. Join in this movement of generosity by helping to support healthy early childhood development. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This year, Pretend City Children’s Museum is asking you to consider making a small $5 or $10 donation to our Imagination Playground Indiegogo Campaign as your #GivingTuesday contribution. Help support healthy child development, and families in your community. We are inching closer and closer to our goal, but we can’t make it without your help. Please visit our Indiegogo campaign for more information on bringing this great resource to Pretend City. https://igg.me/at/pretendcity  

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  • Sneak Peek: Books Alive Art Gallery

    Grand Opening of the Books Alive Art Gallery Friday, September 5, 2014 All September long, visit Pretend City’s Books Alive Art Gallery.  Our grand opening will kick-off with our first Author’s Day on Friday, September 5th. This unique art exhibit features open-ended art projects that have been created by our guests. This exciting display of children’s art is all based off of children’s books. You’ll see a wide range of creative paintings, weaving and collage and some interesting 3-D art applications. Parents and children will develop an appreciation for the art of other people and cultures, and the confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings through art. Here’s a look at what’s going on behind-the-scenes!  

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