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Just wanted to pop in your inbox to say...that's how long we have until Christmas! Not to alarm you but yah it's almost here folks....Like really...that to me makes no sense...I mean for starters I am not ready, second my oldest will be 11 literally 9 days later and last I've not even thought about what to get my boys for Christmas.


Thankfully I have an online store with some great ideas...


Check out these great stocking stuffers





Just love this pretend Christmas theme cookie set, how fun is that!









The on the go scratchpads are fun especially when in the car or just taking a mini break from work or just keep the kids busy...there are several different themes to pick from










Do you have a little check on your hands? Well we have a several different super cute pretend play food items like this pancake set.












If your local you can purchase these items and more and WITH free door/porch drop off if you live in Oakland only by going to https://keepoaklandalive.com/collections/kids-play-zone to make your purchase.


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I came across an article from recesslab.com that I wanted to share....It's getting cold out and my thinking is where are MY kids going to play when its time to take a break from zoom or just doing work at home especially when it starts to rain or when its just wait to cold out and can't play in the yard....well check out these "unconventional recess environments" that I am sure will keep the kids entertained


What to play in unconventional spaces?

There are a number of challenging and entertaining games kids can play in small spaces or during indoor recess with just paper and a few colored pens.

Tic Tac Toe is a classic example.

These games are gre

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at for students who do not want to participate in the more physically active games as well.


Here are three games to try at your next unconventional or indoor recess:


1-Dots and Boxes

To play Dots, you need paper and at least two colored pens/pencils. Start by drawing dots in a square pattern. Begin with 6×6 and challenge your kids to go up to 30×30 or more. Players (2 or more) take turns using their colored pen/pencil to draw line segments between dots. When a player forms a square with their line, they put their initial in that square and continue playing. The game continues until all the lines between the dots have been drawn.


2-Pictionary

Players secretly write down common phrases on pieces of paper and fold them up. The first chosen artist randomly picks a phrase to draw while the others guess the phrase without talking or drawing letters or symbols. Once guessed correctly, a new artist is picked. Variation: instead of common phrases, write books, characters/celebrities, or films.


3-Look Up, Look Down

Begin with two circles of players. Chose one person in each circle to be the caller who starts by saying, “Look down!” Everyone looks down at their feet. When the caller says “Look up!” everyone looks up directly at someone else in that circle. If two people are looking at each other, they both go to the other circle. If caller leaves the circle, a new caller is chosen.



4-Bob the Bunny

Introduce the students to “Bob the Bunny,” a small object, ball, or stuffed bunny. Standing in a circle, students place their hands behind their backs. Choose one student to be in the middle, and ask them to close their eyes. The group begins chanting in rhythm, “Bob the bunny, Bob, Bob, the bunny!” while passing the bunny around the circle, keeping the bunny behind them.

Once the bunny is in motion, the student in the middle opens their eyes and gets three guesses as to who is holding the bunny. Variations: Play with multiple bunnies, ask students to change the name of the character, or incorporate the school/local sports team mascot.




Let's Play!

Here are 3 benefits of play:




1: Expands Curriculum -


Research shows that when children engage all of their senses in learning tasks, they increase their ability to learn. Play-based curriculum engages all senses in learning...Afterward, teachers may have them practice storytelling by talking about what they've learned, or practice math concepts like making patterns using plastic farm animals. By offering a play-based curriculum filled with STEM (STEAM) focused activities to encourage your little one to develop and grow in a friendly and interesting environment.


2: Problem Solving -


Learning to ask questions, guess at answers and test those answers through trial and error is at the heart of both scientific labs and a preschooler's play. Children in play-based schooling are constantly making choices and guesses. They then have the chance to test those guesses and discover how to solve problems. They might try to stack up some blocks with a friend to see how tall their tower can go before tumbling, or mix colors of paint to discover how to make green for painting a tree.


3:Emotional Literacy -


One of the best ways to predict school success is to measure impulse control. Learning to take turns, work with other people, and wait is fostered extraordinarily well during play. As children are building with blocks, playing in the sand, or creating a painting together, they will learn how to talk about what they are doing, share their materials, and read the emotions of others. Children need to know how to get along with other adults and children. They need to be able to negotiate, compromise and resolve conflicts.

Play-based curriculum allows children to learn the skills they need in a structured environment with the help and supervision of an experienced teacher who knows how to take interests and experiences and turn them into learning moments.

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