Over the years I have written about many of the wonderful experiences I have shared with our daughters. Yet, to be completely honest, you are only seeing half of the story. The unspoken truth behind Playful Learning and all that it has grown into is that I have an incredible partner, Ed Bruehl. As today is his birthday, I thought that I would share a glimpse into the magic that he adds to our lives…

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Joey from Made by Joey is with us today to share a dose of inspiration for nurturing dramatic play with the children in our lives… What are prop boxes? Prop boxes are used by many preschool and Kindergarten teachers to create imaginative play and hands-on-learning opportunities in their classrooms.  They are essentially a collection of items (or props) that suggest a specific theme and “set the stage” for a child’s imagination to engage in creative…

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  One of my all-time-favorite lessons is back! For free… As many of you know we have been busy behind the scenes transferring all of our online classes over to a new platform. Well (after what felt like forever) our instant activities for kids (+ their grown-ups) are back! Yay (sigh of relief)! All of our classes are now presented on new, easy to navigate, private websites with photos galleries, forums, and the ability to…

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Joey from Made by Joey is with us today to share some great tips for keeping our children balanced and healthy during the holidays.   The holidays can be a challenging time for children (and adults!) to eat healthy foods so here are few ideas that may help. 1.  Never leave the house hungry. Before leaving for a day of shopping or attending a party whip up a smoothie full of veggies and fruit to…

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Joey from Made by Joey is with us today to share some great tips for spending quality family time together this holiday season… 1. Bake your family’s favorite recipes. Pull out Grandma’s legendary shortbread recipe, grab your aprons and roll up your sleeves.  Perfection isn’t what’s important when baking with little ones, you’re making memories! 2. Admire your neighborhood’s lights and decorations. Bundle everyone up, pile into the car (or sleigh!) and admire how your…

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