Category: play

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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Looking forward to The Sandbox Summit!

Looking forward to The Sandbox Summit!

[ 2 ] May 17, 2010 |

I am taking a couple of days off to attend The Sandbox Summit in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kids still play dress-up and build with Legos but many also play interactive games and use computers. The non-profit Sandbox Summit looks at how play is changing media and media is changing play, exploring how children today move seamlessly […]

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Playground Hopping

Playground Hopping

[ 6 ] May 12, 2010 |

By Elyse Major I always enjoy when very ordinary things are elevated with fancy or catchy names. For example, I still chuckle remembering how the caterer for my wedding included cucumber rounds topped with a salmon mousse among his lowest cost hors d’oeuvres menu offerings. Of course, the rounds were simply cucumber slices. Brilliant! On […]

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Growing New Opportunities for Outdoor Play

Growing New Opportunities for Outdoor Play

[ 3 ] May 10, 2010 |

By Janice O’Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children’s Museum Providence Children’s Museum’s garden is closed for construction until June 11. Visit the Museum’s website and blog for behind-the-scenes stories and photos of the design and installation of The Climber and Underland. “Go outside!”  I can remember the exasperation in Mother’s voice and picture her flapping her […]

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Kidoinfo is going to the beach and more!

Kidoinfo is going to the beach and more!

[ 5 ] August 8, 2009 |

Kidoinfo is taking a vacation from blogging and posting articles this week (gasp!) while I spend some time offline with my family enjoying summer; at the beach, playing at the park, riding our bikes, eating grilled sea food and searching for the best ice cream! So while I’m gone, enjoy this list I’ve compiled from […]

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The importance of play for children: Join the conversation

The importance of play for children: Join the conversation

[ 0 ] August 3, 2009 |

Children these days  are scheduled with so many structured activities and often plugged into electronics daily–joined with a parent’s concern for their child’s safety–children seem to have very little free play time left outside (or in) to wander at their own pace and make discoveries without the help or guidance of an adult. The importance […]

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