You’ve Got Mail

Last week we discussed the value and benefits of dramatic play in a child’s life.   I would like to share a spontaneous dramatic play adventure that I experienced  recently with my grandson.  This scenario is shared with you to illustrate just how easy, fast and wonderful dramatic play can be.   We arrived home and entered […]

Let’s Pretend

Pretending, imaginative or role playing is a vital component of children’s play.   I remember when my children were young, my husband traveled extensively.  The boys spent hours setting up “airports” with cardboard conveyor belts to push their suitcases on and chairs set up for seats in an airplane. They issued tickets with old boarding passes and labeled luggage […]

Drive-In Movie

  To a child there is no better toy than a large cardboard box!  A simple box is a valuable toy that can provide hours, days and even weeks of entertainment when children are allowed to let their imaginations soar.   Below is one idea you may want to try for a family night.    Drive-In […]


  Movement caught my eye.   A flash of color burst open and then floated away.  Butterflies had arrived!   Such incredible colors.  Such amazingly graceful movement.  Such a wonder to behold.   Photo property of Hidden Splendor Publishing ©     As butterflies float on summer breezes it is a great time to incorporate butterfly […]

Glove Finger Puppets

  Think Before You Toss! Make your gloves come to life!   You have been working hard and one of your rubber gloves has developed a hole or tear in it.  Before you throw it out, STOP!  You can extend the life of those gloves.  Turn the good parts into finger puppets!  Your kids will […]

Cloud Creatures

  As I drove to town today I enjoyed the most amazing skyline.  Huge fluffy cumulus clouds decorated a clear blue sky.  Shades of whites, grays and blues decorated the horizon as if someone had whipped up a big batch of whipped cream and flung dollops into the air.. It was a fun sky, filled with […]

A Cardboard Box… let the magic begin!

A new appliance has joined the family and you are getting ready to throw out the packing material.  After all… It’s just a cardboard box… STOP! Don’t throw it away. Create, pretend and play first! If you aren’t in the market for a new appliance, do not fear.  Contact any store that sells appliances and […]

Cardboard Box Fun!

It looks like an ordinary cardboard box… But, to a child is becomes a… fort space ship garage secret hide-out boat car play house maze etc.   Years ago we had just moved to another state.  Many things weren’t unpacked yet and I was looking for something creative for the kids to do.  So, we […]