Category: play

Recess Play and Learning

Recess Play and Learning

[ 1 ] March 31, 2011 |

More often than not, in response to “Hey guys, what happened at school today,” recess is my elementary school-aged kids’ number one topic. Their daily 10 minutes of recess often results in 10 minutes of real-time recess retelling. Eventually, until I found ways to ask the right questions about math, science, reading, art, library and other learning opportunities they might have experienced between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, this apparent recess fixation troubled me. Was recess the only aspect their days (aside from gym, another topic discussed with wild enthusiasm) that my kids valued? However, I no longer interpret their passion for recess as a devaluation of the other 350 minutes of their school days. Quite the opposite: without those 10 minutes, they and their peers would likely get far less out of the rest of the school day. Their animated retelling of those action-packed minutes on the playground contrasts starkly with the larger reality of many schools, in which recess clings to a tenuous existence. In Providence and across urban school districts nationwide, recess has become a scare commodity that kids need more than ever.

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The Biggest Best Snowman plus other snowy books and activities

The Biggest Best Snowman plus other snowy books and activities

[ 1 ] January 11, 2011 |

One of our favorite winter time books is The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler. This is a story of a little girl who accomplishes big things. In this great read aloud book. “Big Mama, Big Sarah, and Big Lizzie” tell Little Nell she’s too small to be of help, so Little Nell spends her […]

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Bored with your toys? Mix it up!

Bored with your toys? Mix it up!

[ 5 ] December 1, 2010 |

By Elyse Major Right or wrong, my children currently have more toys than I owned in my entire childhood. I guess this fact shouldn’t perplex me, given the fact that my husband collects action figures and I am a “regular” at my local craft store. That being admitted, somehow, some days my boys still can […]

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When In Doubt, Take Them Out (A babysitter’s creed)

When In Doubt, Take Them Out (A babysitter’s creed)

[ 5 ] November 3, 2010 |

By Jeanine Silversmith Recently, I helped a few friends out by watching their children. As a mother, I am certain I’m not built for more than two, so I was a bit nervous adding some fairly young ones into the mix. But these are good friends, and I jumped at each chance to help them […]

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Stand Up for Recess

Stand Up for Recess

[ 5 ] September 30, 2010 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum Elementary schools seem to be having an awful lot of trouble with recess lately. There are complaints that recess is a fertile ground for bullying, leads to misbehavior and injuries, is difficult to supervise, and takes away from class time needed for reading and math. As a […]

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Five Things My Kids Taught Me This Summer

Five Things My Kids Taught Me This Summer

[ 6 ] September 13, 2010 |

1) Dirt don’t hurt. As much as I love for my children to “get down and dirty,” I have to admit I’m very particular about stuff. I like things to be clean and organized. My tolerance for crud reached a new level this summer on one of our camping trips as my children played quietly […]

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Have a PlayFULL Fall

Have a PlayFULL Fall

[ 4 ] September 7, 2010 |

By Providence Children’s Museum Education Staff Back-to-school time often means leaving behind the carefree, active, unstructured play that children enjoy during the summer months.  Providence Children’s Museum educators recommend the following resources, chock-full of creative ideas, to ensure your kids have plenty of imaginative, self-directed playtime during the school year. Carly Baumann, Exhibit & Program […]

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Kids, They Are a-Climbin’

Kids, They Are a-Climbin’

[ 5 ] July 28, 2010 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum The new climbing sculpture in Providence Children’s Museum’s garden is mesmerizing, the way a stream or a campfire is. Children swarm up 18 feet to the top of The Climber and back down again, like water spreading in all directions. They climb past and around and over each […]

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So many things to do this Summer!

So many things to do this Summer!

[ 3 ] June 23, 2010 |

What are you doing with your kids this summer? If you need ideas and want a fun way to explore the area, read the Kidoinfo list of 100 Things to do with Kids this Summer in Rhode Island. Many of the ideas are free. Thank you to all the readers who have already added their […]

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For Your Bag of Tricks

For Your Bag of Tricks

[ 5 ] May 18, 2010 |

by Katy Killilea In the beginning, the hot item in my bag of tricks was a container of Cheerios. Then along came a small spiral notebook and an Altoids box filled with crayons. Later it was an envelope of family photos and some stickers. Suddenly it seems only Andy Samberg SNL clips, played on my […]

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