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The best kind of play is free and has only two requirements — your child and his imagination.

According to an article titled "Fostering Creativity" in Child magazine, "Creative play is the foundation of critical thinking, of making life meaningful. It is essential to child growth and development, and we're interfering with it in ways that are incredibly worrisome."

Electronic toys do not develop creativity. In fact, they are not teaching at all. They are merely time absorbers.

The Wind

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass

O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all

O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?

O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

Let’s Play A Game

Sit outside with your child.
Ask them to close their eyes.
What do you hear?
What direction is the sound coming from?
Who is making the sound?
What does the sound mean?
Can you hear any quieter sounds than that one?
How far away might it be?
What might be making that sound?

Have them Notice what they feel.
Is it the wind? Sun? Cold? Hot? Warm?
Have him explain what it feels like - use analogy - it feels like a fan blowing on me in summer. It feels like cold when building snowman……
Where is it coming from?
Do they feel it on one side of face or both? Against their back to full front?

What do they smell?

Try to get them to use all of their senses, beside sight.

The object is to have them “notice” things that they wouldn’t normally notice while eyes are open.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star;
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the glorious sun is set,
When the grass with dew is wet,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

In the dark-blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep;
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star!

Gettin’ Crafty

Make up a story about the “noticing” exercise above. Invent characters and give them names. If they felt the wind - give it a name. Mr. Wind, North Wind, Happy Wind. Whatever they choose - it’s their story.

Use sketch paper and have your child draw his characters. Crayons too.

You write. Let them dictate. Or bring a recorder. Priceless as the years pass.

Let’s Pretend


Role play a character from his story.
Using Mr. Wind as example. Where does Mr. Wind live?
Does he have a family?
Are Mr. Rain, Mr. Moon, Mrs. Sun. . . related?

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Have fun
See you next month.

Kids Say The Darndest Things

It was a cloudy and moonless night when a little fellow was taken out by his mother, who went to call for a friend. "Mamma," he exclaimed, looking up, "I expect God's been very busy this evening, for I see He has forgotten to hang the stars out."

Hope you’ll visit our site often and enjoy the many poems, stories and fun things to do.

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Have fun while growing their imaginations.

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