Category: play

Fun for the Whole Family…?

Fun for the Whole Family…?

[ 0 ] August 17, 2012 |

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

Do you like kids’ movies – the ones with great animation, a good story and a little adult-level humor mixed in? How about really well-written children’s books with beautiful illustrations? Me too. How much do you like them when you’re watching them for a fourth time or reading them for the tenth ­– this month?

Just as with a movie or book, we adults can get bored visiting the children’s museum or zoo long before kids do. A recent national study surveyed over 8,400 adults who visit children’s museums frequently. The typical respondent was a 30-something, college-educated mother of a child or children under 6. Why does this mom go to the museum so often? She does it for the kids. She knows the kids love it and it’s good for them. But she’s not having much fun herself. Oh dear. Children’s museums are meant to be fun and engaging for the whole family. We know it’s our job to come up with better ways – activities, signage, staffing, seating – to engage adults so they’re having fun too, but visitors can make some changes themselves.

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Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

[ 0 ] August 6, 2012 |

During a recent visit with their grandparents, my daughters had a blast running, jumping, crawling, and splashing their way through a backyard obstacle course. It was so simple to create, and it kept children and adults playing- and laughing- together for hours.

We created the course with things we had around the house, and set up toys as challenges along the course.

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Family Matters: 10 Ways Kids Can Play All by Themselves

Family Matters: 10 Ways Kids Can Play All by Themselves

[ 0 ] July 27, 2012 |

Having some free time without friends or siblings to play with and time away from digital devices provides can children an opportunity to play solo and have fun while trying something new without the fear of what others may think of their skills or time to play at their own pace. Here’s a list of 10 ways for kids to play from Kids Health.

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Get Out and Play!

Get Out and Play!

[ 0 ] July 2, 2012 |

Unstructured, freely chosen play promotes children’s healthy growth and development, but many kids don’t get enough free play, especially outdoors. The warm summer months invite kids to indulge in more carefree, active, outdoor play that is not as available during the school year. This summer, Providence Children’s Museum offers an array of powerful outdoor play experiences on its grounds and well beyond.

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Today is Mud Day: Let’s celebrate!

Today is Mud Day: Let’s celebrate!

[ 0 ] June 29, 2012 |

I’m going to take a wild guess here and bet that many of you don’t know that today, Friday, June 29, is International Mud Day.

No, seriously – it is!

In my humble opinion, it’s a genius idea. I mean, what better way to celebrate and experience the great outdoors than to get really dirty? Like, clothes-plastered-to-your-body, hair-caked-with-mud dirty. If you can let go of the clean-up anxiety that I admit is furiously coursing through this type-A mama’s blood, your kids will thank you for it. I promise! I’m reminded of my participation in the infamous mud slide incident on the “beach” (i.e. grassy field) at University of Delaware in spring of 1992… Boy, that was a LOT of fun!

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Rethinking Recycling

Rethinking Recycling

[ 0 ] June 26, 2012 |

Recycling in Rhode Island has recently changed to encourage more people to recycle, and so that we’ll recycle more than ever before. We can now recycle additional plastics – jars, tubs, yogurt and take-out containers, egg cartons and those ubiquitous plastic cups. All plastic containers up to two gallons can be recycled, regardless of the number in the recycling symbol, and we no longer need to separate our recyclables. (See www.RecycleTogetherRI.org for complete details on recycling changes.)

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how to make a tire swing (mama-style)

how to make a tire swing (mama-style)

[ 1 ] June 18, 2012 |

Erin originally posted this awesome how-to piece on her blog, exhale. return to center. I feel Erin and I are kindred spirits in how we both have many more creative ideas than we can execute in a timely manner but hopefully when we do — and as Erin demonstrates with her tire swing — worth the wait.

Erin’s How-To:

Step One: Admire tire swing at your kids’ preschool for YEARS. Think about how nice it would be to have on in your yard. Talk (a lot) about which tree it should go in and how much fun it will be.

Step Two: Hire your friend (who happens to be a very talented arborist) to hang a line from way up in the tallest oak tree at the top of the hill.

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Loosen Up!

Loosen Up!

[ 1 ] May 21, 2012 |

In my business we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about loose parts. (We spend a lot of time picking them up, too.) Loose parts play has certainly been around for as long as childhood, but the term was coined in the early seventies by British architect Simon Nicholson.

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Kidoinfo Presents Toddler Art at Providence Children’s Museum!

Kidoinfo Presents Toddler Art at Providence Children’s Museum!

[ 0 ] May 1, 2012 |

Kidoinfo is pleased to partner with Providence Children’s Museum to present the new program Toddler Art.

Join Toddler Art on Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21 from 10:00 AM – Noon. Young children, ages 18 months to 3 years, use real tools and embrace the creative process as they delve into a different art exploration each week…

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Family Matters: 20 Ideas for Screen-Free Week

Family Matters: 20 Ideas for Screen-Free Week

[ 0 ] April 27, 2012 |

It’s time for Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6, 2012), the national celebration where children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning on life. It’s a time, as the organizers say, “to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.”

Are you up for the challenge. Here’s how it works in our family…

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