Merry Christmas

by Rodney Hogan on December 17, 2014

A Joyful ChristmasChristmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through from everyone at Playtime!

Be the first to comment

A Winter Playground

by Rodney Hogan on December 10, 2014

Sometimes favorite fair-weather play places are forgotten when the winds become chilly or they become buried under snow. It just takes a little fun digging and exploring in the snow to discover them again.

Be the first to comment

Winter Activities for Kids

December 4, 2014

Outdoor Color Match Game – Use paint chip cards to explore colors outside.  Punch holes through each color and try and find something that matches. Go ice skating – Take the kids to a frozen pond or to the ice rink for some family fun. Go bird watching – Grab some binoculars and head outside […]

Read the full article →

Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2014

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of  THANKSGIVING. ~H.U. Westermayer One of our favorite things about Thanksgiving is the opportunity it provides to say thanks for the privilege of helping you take care of important needs.

Read the full article →

Motivating Kids to Be Active Part IV

November 18, 2014

Which of these three types best describes your child? The nonathlete:  This child may lack athletic ability, interest in physical activity, or both. The casual athlete:  This child is interested in being active but isn’t a star player and is at risk of getting discouraged in a competitive athletic enrivonment. The athlete:  This child has […]

Read the full article →

Motivating Kids to Be Active Part III

November 12, 2014

The best way for kids to get physical activity is by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.  Toddlers and preschoolers should play actively several times a day.  Children 6 to 17 years should do 60 minutes or more physical activity daily.  This can include free play at home, active time at school, and participation […]

Read the full article →

Motivating Kids to Be Active Part II

November 5, 2014

Healthy, physically active kids are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.  And physical competence builds self-esteem at every age. So there’s a lot to gain from regular physical activity, but how do you encourage kids to do it?  The three keys are: Choosing the right activities for a child’s age:  If you […]

Read the full article →

Motivating Kids to Be Active Part I

October 29, 2014

Anyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around.  But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active. As they get older, it […]

Read the full article →

Help Kids Keep on Moving

October 22, 2014

Children of all ages should have a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day.  Students who participate in at least an hour of physical activity a day can improve their attention span and cognitive functioning, as well as maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, feel better and function better in school […]

Read the full article →

Physical Activity

October 15, 2014

Regular physical activity helps children grow strong and healthy, build muscles and bones, develop vital motor skills, and even improve their immune systems.  As kids get older, it can be a challenge to get sufficient daily exercise, due to the increasing demands of school and hectic family schedules. But, when growing children don’t get enough […]

Read the full article →