Category: play

Kidoinfo’s List of Top 10 Toys for Kids

Kidoinfo’s List of Top 10 Toys for Kids

[ 6 ] December 2, 2011 |

Geek Dad shared what he thinks are the 5 best toys of all time on Wired recently. He lists items—things many of us may overlook as toys—that he feels no kid should be without. “All five should fit easily within any budget, and are appropriate for a wide age range so you get the most play out of each one.”

We agree these are wonderful play things and in fact have written about all of them before on Kidoinfo. We also love gadgets and gizmos but realize kids do not need all the bells and whistles in order to play and have fun. We are adding 5 more items to the list making it the Kidoinfo Top 10 Toys for Kids. No batteries needed for the toys listed, just some free time and a little bit of imagination. Assembly optional, not required.

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Risky Business

Risky Business

[ 1 ] November 16, 2011 |

At Providence Children’s Museum, we witness wonderful moments of learning through play all around us, every day: from discovering how to use a popsicle stick as a clay cutting tool to learning that Pilgrim children didn’t use forks, and that engineering a giant fountain with two friends is much easier than constructing alone. But some of the most inspiring learning moments, often the most intense and real, involve taking a risk. When children (and grown-ups) take risks or, as Tim Gill said, “actively seek out uncertainty,” they explore their own limits and learn about the world. Risk is the ingredient that keeps us engaged and it helps make play more meaningful.

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Joyful Learning

Joyful Learning

[ 0 ] October 24, 2011 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Now that kids are back in school, I’ve been contemplating the challenge of keeping learning a joyful experience rather than a task that must be endured.  At the Children’s Museum, we know that the best kind of learning happens when the learner wants to acquire new […]

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Think Inside The Box!

Think Inside The Box!

[ 4 ] October 13, 2011 |

Who hasn’t noticed that every kid loves an empty box, often more so than the item that came in it? In my house, my kids are pretty much yanking the box out of my hands before I’ve had a chance to open it and planning some kind of reconstructive surgery to transform it into a castle, a dog house, a car, a dragon – whatever they can imagine.

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Family Matters: Let Them Play!

Family Matters: Let Them Play!

[ 6 ] October 7, 2011 |

Seems obvious that kids of all ages need time to play. But how and when kids play seems to be at risk these days because of how it is defined and interpreted, growing use of media and the increasing pressures at home or in school to allot for kids time every moment of the day. I am an advocate for real unstructured “play” time at home and at school.

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Let’s Move, Let’s Play!

Let’s Move, Let’s Play!

[ 2 ] September 15, 2011 |

By Megan Fischer, Director of Communications, Providence Children’s Museum Providence Children’s Museum is a proud new member of Let’s Move! a comprehensive national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama that is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. Active play is an important […]

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10 Ways to Celebrate the End of Summer

10 Ways to Celebrate the End of Summer

[ 1 ] August 29, 2011 |

Many people across the state are without power and dealing with down trees. The neighborly thing to do is to help however possible: Check on your neighbors, share food, and take turns watching each others children while families are cleaning up.

For some of us the start of the school has been delayed a day while others still go back the old-fashioned way—after Labor Day.

To enjoy the last days of summer, I have made a list of things to do with your kids to make the transition fun and a little easier. Drive carefully and best to call first to make sure places are open and ready for business.

1. Go to your favorite ice cream place.

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Cultivating Creativity

Cultivating Creativity

[ 1 ] August 8, 2011 |

Creativity – like play and love – eludes definition. We have a common understanding that artists – painters, sculptors, poets, composers, designers – are creative. Sometimes overlooked is the creative thinking that goes on outside the arts. Every good teacher creatively makes learning meaningful for students with a range of abilities and interests. Parents find creative solutions to the challenges of raising children all the time. And kids are incredibly creative.

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Marvelous Mud

Marvelous Mud

[ 2 ] June 14, 2011 |

A favorite childhood summer activity, my sisters and I used to spend hot days filling a little green plastic pool from the backyard hose to keep cool. But so much of the fun was what was happening outside the pool; we loved to splash the water straight to the ground, making muddy puddles. I remember how sun-warmed and sensational the mud felt on my bare feet, creating suction as I pulled them up and down. A Children’s Museum colleague shared an accidental mud discovery she made with a group of preschool children. Playing with a homemade slip-and-slide on a hill, children were just as drawn to the mud they made in the process, noticing the fascinating downhill rivulets being formed as the water and soil met, the kids changing the directions of the paths.

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Inspiring Outdoor Play Spaces

Inspiring Outdoor Play Spaces

[ 1 ] May 12, 2011 |

By Mary Scott Hackman, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator, Providence Children’s Museum

“In childhood play, it is a safe assumption that kids need more than a two-dimensional screen to gain competency. Children need free, hands-on play that is kid-organized, to maximize their potential. Nothing lights up a child’s brain like play.” – Stuart Brown, M.D., founder of the National Institute for Play

Years ago, I attended a workshop given by an architect of children’s spaces. One remark that struck me that day and lingers still was, “Next to food, the element that is essential to the health and well-being of our children is light.” I remember thinking, “Well, we should close down all childcare centers housed in basements!” And now I think it’s just another reason to advocate for getting our children out of doors and into the natural light of day.

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