Category: play

10 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Food, Crafts, Books, and Silliness!

10 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Food, Crafts, Books, and Silliness!

[ 0 ] March 1, 2013 |

Dr. Seuss’ whimsical rhymes and clever stories hold the same magic for my children as they did for me when I was a kid.

March 2nd also marks the day (in 2007) when I first shared Kidoinfo online with a circle of friends. Thanks for being part of the Kido family!

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Raising Spatial Thinkers

Raising Spatial Thinkers

[ 0 ] February 13, 2013 |

I recently had the privilege of watching my granddaughter, at 9 months, negotiate the positioning of her body. I could see the wheels turning as she tried to move into a sitting position, thinking “if I do this, this might happen…” As she pulled herself up into what I refer to as the ‘majestic triangle,’ she brought her hands together celebrating the growing sense of herself in space. She was really thinking spatially —developing an intuitive understanding of shape and space, a skill that is necessary to navigate the world around us on a daily basis.

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Play Watching

Play Watching

[ 0 ] January 9, 2013 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum

If you’ve visited Providence Children’s Museum in the past couple of months, you may have noticed members of the staff with clipboards lurking in the Museum’s newest exhibit, ThinkSpace. Doing some lurking of my own, I spent nearly 20 minutes watching a very small visitor push big wooden beads along the wire and bead maze, watch them slip down, push them up again. Twenty minutes – amazing concentration for an 18-month-old. I tracked a 7-year-old who solved one block-stacking challenge after another, translating abstract drawings into three-dimensional models, and a 9-year-old who was determined to map all of the mystery mazes. I took notes, timed how long they spent at activities, and listened for spatial language: “Rotate it!” “I need another parallelogram.” A mom asked what I was doing. “Observations,” I told her.

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Kidoinfo: 12 Things To Do With Kids During Winter Vacation

Kidoinfo: 12 Things To Do With Kids During Winter Vacation

[ 0 ] December 21, 2012 |

Looking for something to do with your kids during this holiday vacation? Here’s the Kidoinfo Top 12 List of things to do – many are Free and Cheap. Check the Kidoinfo calendar and blog for even more ideas.

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Talk about Giving

Talk about Giving

[ 0 ] December 19, 2012 |

I have not actually played the Talk About Giving game. I was immediately drawn in by its message and simplicity after seeing an image of the cards shared around the internet. Finding ways to give back (big or small with our time, talent, or cash) has always been essential to me and in part, the mission of Kidoinfo. Raising kids to be community minded starts early. We can make more meaningful lasting connections around giving back when we incorporate the philosophy into our family’s everyday conversations and actions.

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Gift Picks: Great Spatial Thinking Toys

Gift Picks: Great Spatial Thinking Toys

[ 0 ] December 13, 2012 |

By Providence Children’s Museum educators Since planning for and opening our new ThinkSpace exhibit, Museum educators have been thinking a lot about great spatial thinking activities.  Spatial thinking is an important problem-solving skill, and one that is fundamental for kids’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.  Here are some of our favorite […]

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Turn your toys into a 3-dimensional eye-spy game

Turn your toys into a 3-dimensional eye-spy game

[ 0 ] September 20, 2012 |

My friend Jason, co-owner of Rag and Bone Bindery, finds creative ways to play with and inspire his children to think outside the box.

The original plan was to make a city with his son out of toys, but one thing led to another and the city turned into a giant eye-spy game. His son calls it Toyville. I think it’s amazing and a beautiful work of art.

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Scheduling… Over!

Scheduling… Over!

[ 0 ] September 17, 2012 |

By Mary Scott Hackman, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator

The summer crowd has a special feel here at Providence Children’s Museum. Visitors seem relaxed and joyful, peer excitedly around corners, anticipate what the next room or exhibit will hold, hold hands with their children, and run up the ramp, entirely open to the possibilities. The unplugged, gleeful way they experience the Museum shouts, “We’re on vacation!”

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Playful Providence: A Citywide Celebration of Play, September 7 – 9, 2012

Playful Providence: A Citywide Celebration of Play, September 7 – 9, 2012

[ 0 ] August 29, 2012 |

The City of Providence was recently honored as a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. The national program recognizes cities and towns that make play a priority and use innovative programs to get children active, playing and healthy.

To celebrate this designation, Providence parks and other recreation venues will participate in a citywide weekend of play, beginning with a Playful Providence Kickoff Celebration held on Friday, September 7, 4:30 – 6:30 PM in Burnside Park. The celebration will feature playful activities by Providence Children’s Museum, RI Parkour, RI Museum of Science and Art and more plus lively music from the Brown University Band, collaborative art projects, and a short speaking program.

Playful Providence activities will continue throughout the weekend…

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We all benefit from a little help from our friends: Partnership for Providence Parks

We all benefit from a little help from our friends: Partnership for Providence Parks

[ 0 ] August 29, 2012 |

I am so excited to introduce you all to the Partnership for Providence Parks (The Partnership), a new city-wide non-profit geared toward helping the people and community partners that help our parks be active, vibrant, healthy, playful and unique places. We have over 100 Parks in Providence, at least one within a ½ mile of every resident. Some of these places are nature conservancies, with hiking trails and wild animals (nice ones of course), others are community hubs for arts, fitness, play, or all of the above.

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