The Importance of Pretend Play

pretend play

Pretend play is a vital component to a child's development. According to PsychologyToday.com pretend play (also referred to as dramatic play) helps the cognitive, social, and emotional development of a child. Here are several ways that pretend play impacts a child's development: increase use of language and vocabulary expressing positive and negative feelings … [Read more...]

Learning Letter Sounds through Play

Learning for Letter Sounds

Use your little one's favorite characters or toys to make learning letter sounds fun! 1.  Gather up favorite characters.  You could use toys you own or printed pictures. We used a printable puppet playset from 1+1+1=1. 2.  On small pieces of paper, write the first letter of each character you have, and spread them out.  Castles, farms, or dollhouses work great for this!  I … [Read more...]

Food Sorting Game – Order Up!

Order Up A Food Sorting Game

This sorting game can be played with any age group and any skill with your own play food at home! While playing outside in the cottage kitchen, we decided to cook up some special orders. I asked for foods that start with the letter “B” My daughter proudly served me bread, blueberries, burger, and a banana. Next up, I ordered a plate of “round foods” or foods in the … [Read more...]

Alphabet Puppy Play

alphabet puppy play

 Alphabet Puppy Game In an effort to expose my daughter to the alphabet in a fun, pressure-free way, I've been working to integrate it into our play.  This week we have been learning about pets, so I made these ABC dog bones to feed our "pet" puppy! As my daughter "feeds" them to the stuffed puppy, I say the letter name and she repeats it after me.  Sometimes we look for a … [Read more...]

Big G Cereal Heroes

Inner Batman

We already know how important it is to start the day with a good breakfast. Now we can take it one step further by adding creativity, confidence, and extra reading with Big G Cereal Heroes. Dress as your favorite Super Hero with costume pieces you will find on the back of Big G Cereal boxes. The excitement in our house about eating our favorite Cheerios and getting to … [Read more...]

Toys that Grow with Your Child

Invest in Toys that Grow with Your Child

When it comes to toys, I'm pretty picky.  First of all, we don't live in a large house so space is at a premium.  Second, I can't stand toys that have limited purposes and therefore, don't get a ton of play.  Instead, I search HARD for toys that will GROW with my kids.  I also love when ALL my kids can enjoy them (I have a 1 year old, 2 year old, and 6 year old). These are … [Read more...]

Parking Lot Pretend Play

Parking Lot Pretend Play

We have a raised brick fireplace hearth and it’s the perfect place to build a parking lot and neighborhood… out of painter’s tape!  We built parking stalls, streets, and even a park.  Then I grabbed a marker and let G name each of the streets.  Pair it with some toy cars and I promise you’ll have a VERY engaged little one! Written by Jill … [Read more...]

American Girl Doll Play

American Girl Doll Play 4

I have a 6 year old who LOVES all things American Girl.  She saves every dollar to buy accessories, pours over catalogs, and is all about American Girl Doll play from sun up to sun down!  Here are a couple of ways we play even more! With her last catalog, I waited until she had thoroughly enjoyed it and then went through and cut out the dolls. I ran each doll … [Read more...]

DIY Toddler Wallet

Toddler Wallet

My toddler found a new fascination with wallets and cards of all types while we were discovering ways for her to play while traveling.  She already had an old wallet of mine in her toy box, but I decided to spice it up a bit for her by adding cards and play money, since taking things out and putting them back in is one of her favorite ways to play. I started with a couple … [Read more...]

Christmas Pretend Play

Christmas Pretend Play

Stuck inside? Bored? Solve the problem with just a strand of Christmas lights! Christmas Pretend Play We draped them around our pretend play store and turned it into the North Pole. You could also drape them around your play kitchen and make a Christmas restaurant or store. Make a fort with a big box and use a strand of lights and ribbon to make it exciting. Your children … [Read more...]

Top Activities of 2013 #5

Top Activities of 2013

It is almost Christmas and then 2013 will be coming to an end. I can't believe how fast this year has gone! Here at The Activity Mom we have the tradition of wrapping up the year with a count down of our top activities that we worked on or wish we did.   #5 Doc McStuffins Pretend Play   We had so much fun with our Doc McStuffins Pretend Play! From the … [Read more...]

Superhero Gym

Superheroes at the Gym

 Even Superheroes need to work out! Make a gym for your Superheroes to exercise and show their strength.   Use aluminum foil to make a pull up bar.   Use aluminum foil to make weighted medicine balls and wheels from a car as a bar with weights.   Use aluminum foil to make kettle bells for some serious cross fit style lifting.   With a … [Read more...]