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  • Welcome Taymourian Family!

    Pretend City welcomes the Taymourian Family as our new residents in our Home Exhibit! The Taymourians, Kamran, Nadereh, Kourosh, and Kian are from Irvine, California and are of Iranian descent. They speak both English and Persian in their home and enjoy a traditional Iranian meal every night. Each quarter, we model our home after a featured family to highlight our Developing and Discovering Diversity Program. We provide a learning environment that incorporates different cultures, allowing children to experience differences in families in a concrete way. Children can physically play in a different family home and truly immerse themselves in that culture. The Taymourian family shares the museum’s view on the power of diversity and believes it to be an important part of every child’s learning. They believe it’s important to learn tolerance, understanding and appreciation for different cultures. One of the ways to experience a different culture is to learn about the foods people eat. A strong component of a Persian home is fresh brewed tea. It’s traditionally made with loose tea leaves and fresh boiling water in large tea pot. The color of your tea is as important as the smell, so Persian families use transparent or glass cups to […]

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  • 10 Unique Holiday Traditions

    Gingerbread houses and Christmas trees and PRESENTS! The Holiday season is HERE and it’s about time to start lighting the Christmas tree and stuffing those stockings. This year, start some fun holiday traditions leading up to Christmas with your family to get your little one excited for the holiday season. Here are some fun traditions you and your family can do! Advent Calendar It is NEVER too late (okay, maybe the 24th would be too late…) to start an advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. You can buy one at any store in the holiday section or create your very own and include some goodies the family can enjoy. Worldly Traditions Exploring international traditions with your family would teach your child a lot about different cultures. This year at Pretend City, we are celebrating Las Posadas! Check out what we have to offer on our fun day of celebrating this Mexican tradition, Feliz Navidad! • Click here to learn more about how Pretend City is celebrating Las Posadas Christmas Loteria Play Merry Christmas Loteria. A Mexican style bingo game that’s fun for the whole family. • Click here to print out FREE Christmas Loteria cards Books Under The Tree […]

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  • 13 Things for Halloween

    Celebrate Halloween all month long with “13 Things for Halloween”! Here are 13 fun ways to have your family come together for some holiday bonding! Celebrate Halloween through the whole month of October with these fun activities and crafts! Courtesy of Beenbooed.com 1. BOO Someone Start this game in your neighborhood or community! Prepare treats/goodie bags with your children and deliver the goodies to a friend’s doorstep in the neighborhood! Include the “phantom poem” with your treats. Make sure you ring the doorbell and dash out of sight before you are seen. It is then their turn to “Boo” someone else in the community. Make sure you post the BOO ghost in your window until Halloween so you aren’t BOO-ed twice!  Click HERE to read more about the BOO Game. Click HERE to download the Phantom Poem and BOO ghost. Courtesy of Spirited Puddle Jumper Blog 2. Ghost Bowling Let your children decorate “ghostly” plastic/paper cups with spooky faces! Use the ghost cups as bowling pins in their own Ghost Bowling game! Click HERE for Ghost Bowling! Courtesy of  I Save A to Z  3. Milk Jug Ghost-o-Lanterns  A cleaner alternative to pumpkin carving–let your child decorate his/her own ghost-o-lantern with recycled milk […]

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  • Autism and Play: 6 ways to help your child play

    Play helps children develop gross and fine motor skills, language and communication skills, problem-solving, and social skills.  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can impact and interfere with how play develops, but there is a lot you can do to help develop your child’s ability to play. Children with ASD enjoying playing, but they may find some types of play difficult.  They tend not to play in a varied and spontaneous way.  You may find that your child plays in a repetitive way, or has only a few favorite toys.  For example, your child might complete a puzzle in the same order every time. Because ASD affects the development of social and communication skills, it can also affect the development of important skills needed for play, such as the ability to explore the environment, share objects and attention with others, respond to others and take turns.  Understanding the intentions of others can also be impaired. But your child can learn and develop the skills needed for play, and you can help. Young children engage mainly in six types of play that develop in stages: Exploratory play Your child will look, feel, and mouth objects.  Encourage your child to explore objects around her.  […]

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  • Have a Music-Filled New Year

    The New Year is a great time to make resolutions that inspire both you and your family. The clean pages of a planner help reinvigorate your commitment to helping your kids try new activities that will leave a lasting, positive impact. And there are few things that researchers agree more on than the importance of music for developing minds. Studies have consistently shown that early music education for kids benefits everything from their social skills to their memory formation. New research even suggests that certain areas of a child’s brain only light up when exposed to music. We now know that music is imperative for the entire brain to develop! So how is it that we can get our children engaged in music at this critical point? Group music classes are a great choice! Children get the musical and the social stimuli that they need to set them on a great path! Molly’s Music Foundation – Music-Filled New Year Just who are we? Molly’s Music Foundation is a nonprofit committed to providing high-quality and affordable music classes. We’ve been running in-school and after-school programs throughout Orange County for the past few years and are excited to be partnering with Pretend City, […]

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