What girl doesn’t love shoes?!?!
I’ve been blessed with a little princess that loves to accessorize. Shoes happen to be among one of her favorite. A trip to Target always includes a walk down the shoe aisle and undoubtedly I end up hearing pleas for a pair of new sparkle shoes. If you have a little girl of your own, beware of Target and their ploy to wrangle in any little diva looking to sport a little sparkle and shine.
As I always do, when I find something that my daughter is intersted in, I run to the library or do a little online researching at home to see where I can find some fun tie ins with books. There’s nothing more enticing to a child than reading about something they are already interested in!
For a much more laid back Sunday post, here’s a few fun titles we’ve run across that entertain the Imelda Marcos in all of us.
What are some of your most memorable moments as a child?
Is it the time your family took a bike ride around the local metro park or is it the time you baked a blood red heart cake with Dad to celebrate your Mom’s birhtday? Do you have memories of pillow fights and building forts? Setting up lemonade stands on a hot summer day with your BFF or sewing new dresses and dolls with your Grandmother on a Saturday afternoon?
Why is it that some memories and lessons stick in our mind and others are lost forever?
Hippocrates famously said that “Men ought to know that from the brain and the brain alone arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pain and griefs.” Our brain is such a complex organ acting as the main hard drive for all of our thinking, feeling and functioning.
Mariah Bruehl, author of, Playful Learning: developing your child’s sense of joy and wonder, observes that children are natural scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars. From the time they are born they seek out information about the world around them in an effort to construct meaning and further their development. While children have an inherent drive to make sense of their reality, parents have a unique opportunity to harness their children’s curiosity and channel it into a love of learning.
So, how do we help our children become lovers of learning? Through Play!
Bruehl defines playful learning as “the magic that takes place when we meld a child’s sense of joy and wonder with thoughtfully planned learning experiences.” Stopping to think about what this says makes what we intuitively know to be so true. Something all of us have known since the first time our hearts burst out with laughter!
I guess this only leaves one question, “How will you play today?”
What better way to embrace the winter season than by sailing down a hill with your favorite friends! Freshly fallen snow, sunshine and a free weekend brought about a day of play and a healthy change in perspective.
How often do we get caught up in the daily grind and forget to embrace such moments? Not only did we have fun inner tube sledding for the first time, the girls opened a multitude of doors that resulted in discussions about where does snow come from?, why does it snow?, what’s lake effect snow?, does everyone get snow?, and so on!
How is it that often the simplest activities lead to some of the biggest opportunities for understanding the world around us? I encourage you to bundle up your little ones and embark on a discovery of the winter landscape outside your door. For those fortunate enough to be able to “feel” the change in seasons, take full advantage! The world is an open playground just waiting for you to explore!
To keep with tradition on a cold winter day, cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and a couple of good reads! Here’s a couple of suggested titles to get you started