Play to Learn

I believe one of the best ways to help your child learn is to get down on the ground with them and play. I don't mean just sitting beside them working on your laptop or iPhone while they play on their own. I mean giving them your undivided attention for 10, 20 or even 30 minutes at a time.

I should also emphasize that real play is key as well. You don't need flashy toys, engaging iPhone apps, or battery-powered devices to have fun with your child. Exploring the world of imagination, making things together (games, crafts, food), and getting active outdoors are just a few of the things that you can do with your child with things you already have around the house.
I'm certainly no expert at this myself. My credentials are a degree in early childhood education, a couple years of teaching 1st grade, and a lifetime career of being a mommy. All that to say, I still find myself having to relearn how to play so that I can have fun playing with my toddler as he learns.

On this page, you'll find an index of all the posts that I've written that relate to having fun with your child(ren) as you play to learn.

Fabric Pull-Toy 
Old MacDonald Magnet Toy for Fridge
Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity
Fishing for Shapes and Colors
Cloud Dough
Object Identification with DIY 'I-Spy' Game

Other Related Posts:

5 Steps to More Organized Toys for More Intentional Playtime

More helpful reads:

The Boy with No Toys by Natural Life Magazine

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