• Activities for Visually Impaired Children

    Playtime with Blind and visually impaired children by Wooden Toy Shop

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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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  • Superheroes Inspire Children to Choose Healthier Foods

    Newsflash: Cornell study shows that children can be primed to order healthier fast food items merely by thinking about what their favorite superhero would eat. As parents and grandparents we are always looking for inventive ways to get children to eat a healthier, well-balanced diet. It appears that super heroes may help with this! In a study conducted by Cornell University, children were positively influenced to make the healthier choice of apple slices over french fries because they identified that super heroes would make that same choice. Although it was a fairly limited study it’s reassuring to know that this strategy actually works. As we all know, young children learn best through their play. At Pretend City Children’s Museum, our young guests are being treated to a super surprise this summer with the opening of our new Super Powers Exhibit. It’s truly super hero play at its best and parents can double the significance of this rich play through conversations about super powers! Throughout the summer children will be dressing as super heroes, participating in super power activities and in general, BECOMING SUPER HEROES through their play. This type of pretend play really locks in a child’s identity as a […]

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  • Wearing a Superman Cape can help Preschoolers!

    Newsflash: A study by Karina Chung and Aryanne de Silva at Wellesley College found that wearing a Superman cape and hearing about his fantastic abilities made preschoolers better able to delay gratification! Loads of research shows the pretend play promotes prosocial behaviors in children.  According to the current Early Development Index (EDI) report, 62% of our Orange County kindergartners are lacking adequate prosocial behaviors. Prosocial behaviors are those centered around helping one another and being able to see things from another person’s perspective.  This is essential for school success and for happiness in life. Pretend City has opened up a new Super Powers exhibit which will run through the summer and it is designed to support the development of prosocial behaviors. This will be a summer filled with Super Power activities at the museum and ideas to take home. Here are seven ways for parents to support the development and broadening of prosocial behavior and strong character building though superhero pretend play: 1. Discuss and emphasize the positive character traits that enable superheroes to help others. Climbing up the side of a building like Spiderman wouldn’t be important without his main super power – Helping. 2. Become better acquainted with […]

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