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Use tape to build your way out of a sticky situation with multiple age groups!

In this column, Candice Chouinard, a local daycare owner, takes a long hard look at winter, then she looks at the faces of the toddlers standing before her. She thinks “what are we going to do today?” Today it is about the ice that transforms the world around us!

During this season of giving, it may be hard to help young children fully enjoy giving to others. They can’t empathize fully with others yet, so why share? As we joke, “If I touched it, it’s mine.” Toddlers are inherently greedy; they can’t help it. It’s a learning phase and they will grow more caring and kind because of it. By making giving gifts a fun and engaging activity, we can help teach our children that sharing, giving, and going out of our way for others can be rewarding and enjoyable.

It is summer, it’s warm and the season is the child’s pallet. Summer time water play is always a go to and there are many amazing outdoor nature-based art projects for toddlers that will keep them engaged and involved at home. Nature-based art is not only fun and beautiful but it is also a free and open ended way for your child to explore art in a natural way.

Blowing bubbles, a metaphor of freedom. They are mesmerizing for kids and an absolute creative-free play Aladdin’s Cave. Kids can explore the science of it, the sensory experiences and so much more. It’s lively summer fun that promotes kids to play together, outside!

Jumping rope, hiking swimming, bike riding, skateboarding, rock climbing… there are so many fun ways to get your girls active and engaged outside in their community in the summer! Check out this list of 20 ideas Nancy has complied for us this month in “It’s a Girl Thing.”

Boredom is a problem. I mean technically we’re all supposed to be asleep & hibernating in these oppressive temperatures, right? We’re pushing against Mother Nature here, right? Not at all! Boredom can inspired kids into creative-free play! A Hula hoop & snow shovel are all that’s required to get Carrie’s children all fired up to release some creative-free play on the Western Mass winter landscape! While the great outdoors may sometimes be cold and not as accommodating, it is only a matter of changing the conversation and maybe getting extra creative. Don’t let winter be an obstacle. An obstacle course…hmmmmmm, now there’s a thought…

Looking for something to spark play and get you moving in the middle of a long, cold winter? How about flashlight tag… in the snow! This month in “What to Play? Play ideas for Family & Community,” Carrie inspires families to organize an evening of outdoor tag!

It’s a great day to get out into the snow! Here are several ways for creative play in the snow, in addition to the traditional snowy day activities like sledding, building a snow person and snowball fights in “What to Play? Play ideas for Family & Community.”

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