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The Targimals and the Endless Night

Creativity is the most important quality we can have, and it is important to nurture it in our children. So we backed a Kickstarter project – Forge of Honor – as part of our ongoing effort to cultivate their creativity through imaginative play. The boys and I recently came up with a story for the Targimals called The Targimals and theContinue reading “The Targimals and the Endless Night”

Summer Holidays – Beating the Summer Slide

When kids don’t read, work math problems, or aren’t engaged in other learning experiences, not only does their education not continue, it can regress. This problem usually occurs when kids don’t get opportunities to learn over the long summer holidays. It can result in these children coming back to school at a disadvantage. This decline isContinue reading “Summer Holidays – Beating the Summer Slide”

Rhino’s Sleepover

G2 brought home “Rhino” – the class mascot – to stay over for the night. His responsibility was to look after Rhino and to write in a diary about the things they did together. So here’s how he entertained Rhino… Let’s go to Africa! First they “flew” off to Africa to visit the waterhole where theyContinue reading “Rhino’s Sleepover”

When Harry Potter Met the Lord of the Rings…

“The truly creative changes and the big shifts occur right at the edge of chaos.” Dr Robert Bilder, a psychiatry and psychology professor at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. We had an unwitting experiment in “free play” that brought about some rather interesting results. After a continuous string of misbehaviours, I got fed upContinue reading “When Harry Potter Met the Lord of the Rings…”

Good Ol’ Fashioned Fun: Let’s Pretend!

Pretend Play and Role Playing offer many benefits for children. They help develop: Social and Emotional Skills Language Skills Cognitive Skills Imagination Motor Skills Role playing with fantasy games can also help children to manage their anxieties. Through imaginative pretend play, children can explore ideas and emotions in a “safe” environment. So here we are playing Harry Potter withContinue reading “Good Ol’ Fashioned Fun: Let’s Pretend!”

Fun Activities: Indoor Camping…

The haze is back… What do you do when the weather is bad and you can’t go outside to play? Why you go camping indoors, of course! This was our make-shift tent using an IKEA bed tent. The tent is supposed to lock onto the children’s bed frames from IKEA (which we don’t have) soContinue reading “Fun Activities: Indoor Camping…”

Forge of Honor – Fighting Bedtime Monsters in the Name of Imaginative Play

When I was little, I would pretend I had an imaginary friend under my bed to keep me company at night because I was afraid of the dark. When I grew older, the fear of the dark became the fear of the boogie man who would come through the windows and kidnap little children fromContinue reading “Forge of Honor – Fighting Bedtime Monsters in the Name of Imaginative Play”

Toys for Kids: It Pays to Keep it Simple…

I was watching the boys play some time back and I realised that we adults like to complicate things when they can be so simple. Example 1 We wanted to make Aristotle’s pretend play more enjoyable so we bought him toy food for his play cooking:   It turns out that all he really neededContinue reading “Toys for Kids: It Pays to Keep it Simple…”

The Inverse Relationship between Screen Time and Creative Play

We’ve been really busy lately moving house and I’d gotten very lax with screen time. I figured that I could restore the balance again once we were done with all the moving and in the meantime, there would be relative peace and harmony while all the tedious stuff was happening… …and then Aristotle did somethingContinue reading “The Inverse Relationship between Screen Time and Creative Play”

Rory’s Story Cubes

Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages 1 or more players Reinforces artistic expression Ages 8 and up Playing time: 15 minutes Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. There are infinite ways to playContinue reading “Rory’s Story Cubes”