Monthly Archives: June 2013

Why is play important?

Play is cited as one of the most important things a child can do, especially in the early development stages.  During play, children  increase their social competence and emotional maturity.  Play is vital to children’s social development as well.  According to Lekotek.org, there are many reasons to encourage children to play.

The top 20 reasons are:

  1. Play advances many cognitive skills like learning to focus and paying attention to details.
  2. Play produces an active, alert, but non-stressed frame of mind that benefits a child greatly.
  3. Play opportunities help a child develop problem-solving, organizational and planning skills.
  4. Play promotes both long-term and short-term memory.
  5. Play stimulates language, negotiation and communication skills.
  6. Play teaches a child how the world works from gravity to how things move, float or fly.
  7. Play experiences allow a child to explore symbolic play, imitation and his own creativity.
  8. Play allows a child to build confidence, one trip down a slide or throw of a ball at a time.
  9. Play provides the feedback a child needs to develop self-knowledge and self-esteem.
  10. Play is an excellent way for a child to connect to nature and to explore its many facets.
  11. Active play can enhance a child’s mood, coping abilities and defuse emotionally charged events.
  12. Play teaches the cornerstones of relationship building, cooperation and compromise.
  13. Leadership along with group skills are learned through team or collective play.
  14. Active play promotes a healthy body for children and lowers their risk of obesity.
  15. Play promotes brain development through the use of both the body and mind.
  16. Play can teach a child the lessons of strengthening and balancing his body and coordinating his  hands and eyes.
  17. Play stimulates resiliency by prompting the child to try again and learn patience towards self and others.
  18. Play fosters courage to swing higher and jump farther.
  19. Play teaches empathy by allowing a child to explore the role of both winner and loser.
  20. Play leads to engagement and enjoyment that provides a child with both physical and emotional release.
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Home-made popsicles

Beat the heat this summer with the kids by opting to make your own popsicles instead of buying them! Kids love getting involved, helping and making things on their own. What better way to mix up the daily routine during summer than to let them create and pick their own flavors for popsicles? We’ve found a few popsicle recipes that we’d love to try and we want to share them with you!

Nutella fudgesicle, yum :)

Nutella fudgesicle, yum!

Nutella Fudgesicles
You will need:
1.5  cups Pacific Hazelnut Chocolate Milk
1/2 cup Nutella
Popsicle mold (found at Target or Walmart)

Instructions:
1. Whisk together the hazelnut milk and Nutella until mixed uniformly. Chill mixture for at least 2 hours.
2. Pour into popsicle mold slots and freeze until solid.

Mango Peach & Strawberry Banana Yogurt Popsicles

Mango Peach:
2 ripe mangos, chopped
2 ripe peaches, peeled and chopped
1.5 cups plain yogurt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup milk

Strawberry Banana:
3 medium bananas, very ripe
3 cups strawberries, hulled
3 tbsp. honey
1.5 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk

Instructions:
1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (one version at a time)
2. Pour the blended mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
3. To unmold, run hot water around the outside of the molds for a brief time until you can easily pull the popsicles out.
4. Repeat for other flavor. Enjoy!

Another option to make popsicles if you don’t have the molds is to use shaped ice-cube trays!

Jell-O popsicles
1, 6 oz package Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water

Instructions:
1. Dissolve Jell-o in boiling water.
2. Stir in the cold water.
3. Put the liquid in popsicle molds in the freezer.

Stay tuned!

Excited to start this new adventure! Stay tuned (: