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Red Light, Green Light

No Comments 27 Aug 8:58 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Here is an old-school classic kids’ outdoor game.  Everything old is new again. Throw in your backyard playground equipment to jazz up any outdoor game. RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT    One person plays the “stop light” and the rest try to touch him/her. To begin the game, all children form a line about 16 feet away from the “stop light”. The stop light faces away from the line of kids and says “green light”. The kids are allowed to move towards the “stop light”. At any point, the stop light may call out “red light!” and turn to face the other children. If …

Sharing

No Comments 6 Jun 8:12 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Sharing the world outdoors with a friend has special significance for the years of middle childhood. Secret places, reached by a squeezing into and through tight places, are where kids play hide and seek, form secret clubs, watch insects, collect flowers in the Spring, or leaves in the Fall. A man-made environment can be richer (or poorer) in its options and possibilities. Push come to shove: Children will exploit street features such as steps, and street furniture to create a kind of outdoor gym. There is a niche between the private indoors of one’s house, and the public or private …

Childhood has gone high-tech. Maybe too much.

No Comments 25 May 10:52 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Childhood has gone high-tech. Generations ago, kids would delight in playing pretend games like “house” and “cops and robbers,” but for most children today, video games and television shows have taken the place of imaginative play. Here’s one suggestion for how to play a pretend game with your child or children: Play “House.” One player is the mother, another is the father and others play babies or children. Let your kids pick their roles–they might want to be the parents while giving you the role of baby. The game is open-ended. Let them direct the story and decide how the …

Cook Together

No Comments 21 May 12:58 pm Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Kids love indoor playsets where they get to imitate the big people in their life.  Outdoor playsets are also a great idea.  An especially well crafted indoor pretend kitchen is called a “Cook Together Kitchen” made by KidsKraft.   Both little girls and little boys love to play in their own pretend kitchen imitating Mommy and Daddy cooking something especially for them.  Advanced studies on children at play show that creative pretend play makes for  adolescents and young adults in charge of their own destiny with the creative imagination necessary to navigate the tricky rapids that should come with maturity. Did you …