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Posted on Jun 11, 2013 in Big Kids, Videos | 0 comments

Play Guessing Games to Foster Your Child’s Creativity

Play Guessing Games to Foster Your Child’s Creativity

Guessing games are fun for the whole family, and are a perfect after-dinner activity that can be shared by everyone to extend meal time togetherness. Spending time as a family is important for bonding and for your child’s social-emotional development. Draw and Guess games are my favorite because they foster creative thinking. We often focus so much on the importance of handwriting skills, gross motor coordination, and self-care skills that we forget that encouraging creativity is just as important. Creative minds are better able to problem-solve, resolve conflicts with others, figure out how... Read Post

Posted on May 1, 2013 in Big Kids, Videos | 0 comments

Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

My Giant Paper Flowers is one of my all-time favorite ALEX products. It’s not just because it was one of the first products I helped create for ALEX, it’s because this one really has a wow factor. Take brightly colored tissue paper that’s been cut into whimsical petals, add pipe cleaners, fold and fluff. It’s truly spectacular! I invited my sweet niece Alyssa (10 years old) over to make some flowers! First she chose her sheets of tissue paper, stacked them up and began to accordion fold them. Then she twisted a pipe cleaner stem around them, spread out the petals and began to fluff them up... Read Post

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 in Big Kids, Science for Kids, Videos | 0 comments

Imaginative Play with Mix N Blast Volcano

Imaginative Play with Mix N Blast Volcano

Over spring break, my family and I visited the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. The trip had been one that we had been planning for a long time and we were all very excited.  For my son who is 7 years old and extremely curious about science nature, the buzz about our upcoming trip, naturally stemmed to conversations about volcanos. He had lots of questions about how volcanos worked and if he would see one while we were on vacation. Maui’s volcano has not been active in many years and is surrounded by a rainforest, so I knew getting a great view of it while we were away would be unlikely. So... Read Post

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Parenting, Pretend Play, Videos | 0 comments

Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Kids

Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Kids

Creative thinking is so important for a child’s development, therefore encouraging it is a core feature in my parenting strategy. Creativity has more benefits than I can count, but here are few, and also some tips on how you can build it into your daily lives. Benefits to Stimulating Creativity: Encourages self-expression – drawing, and engaging in other creative pursuits, gives kids a voice. I have learned a lot from and about my children by listening in as they create. Builds fine motor skills – many creative pastimes help children develop the fine motor movements that are important... Read Post