In this 31 minute podcast, you’ll learn aboutAmy Anderson of Let’s explore. She’s a mom passionate about play with her two girls. Amy walks us through her play day and the tips and tricks that help their family enjoy play.
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00:00 Introduction and Welcome
00:45 Extended playtime opportunities
01:50 How do you store masterpieces?
02:29 Question for listeners. Solutions to Lego pieces, Polly Pockets, Stickle bricks
03:16 recap of RPT: 24 Dawn Papandrea Khan and introduction to Amy Anderson: Let’s explore
04:07 Amy talks about Let’s explore and how she came to start writing about play activities.
04:50 Amy talk about running her retail play store and how important this was informing her play choices.
05:53 Pitfalls of ‘eye candy’ craft blogs and how to choose appropriate play activities without feeling pressured.
06:41 Valuing the experience of play rather than what it looks like.
07:25 Using the materials you have for activities.
08:09 Improvisation is good and buying every specialist piece of equipment is just not practical or necessary.
08: 29 Repurposing and reusing play activities
08:50 Benefits of having a Junk Box. Junk boxes and Playdates .
09:36 Bubble wrap, candle holder, vase and other ideas
10:50 Open ended play vs one time things.
11:03 Cardboard box and creativity. How do you get unstructured play in?
12:06 Keeping things low key and one activity a week
12:22 Unstructured playtime is crucial especially as our children get older.
12:46 Scheduling unstructured play
13:00 Coping with the “I’m bored!” whine
14:00 Rotating art supplies keep ideas fresh.
15:24 Sticker fun for the younger ones to put off the whining moments
16:42 Social and emotional pointers- take time to get involved in their play
17:01 Kids are happy to engage with each other but we still have to engage with them
17:15 Sneaking in learning opportunities with examples
19:14 What is your process for accepting or rejecting a play activity in your family?
20:50 what do they need, what do they love,what do I want and what do we have around the house
21:38 Media marketing ,impulsing buying and implementing a play philosophy that influences your play.
22:40 limit going to the toy store. Things look so good but there is (often) a price to pay in creativity.
23:08 Limiting TV with commercials and pester power.
23:53 Benefits of carrying a notebook for the “I wants and I needs” becomes a wishlist.
25:00 Silly question
26:00 Weekly find: Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow
Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman
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