Great Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

January 14, 2015

Are you trying to get your kids outdoors and active in the winter?  Here are a few fun ideas to keep them moving and connect them with the natural world, recommended by AMC experts.  All these activities can be done in the backyard or in the neighborhood playground. Head to the playground; your child’s favorite […]

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A Winter Playground II

January 7, 2015

Park playgrounds are lonely this time of year, but some are missing out on this snow park fun—swishing down a park slide into the snow elicits giggles and laughter all around. Hopping on a swing and sailing over a blanket of snow is a fresh, fun park experience too. Get out the sand toy buckets […]

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Merry Christmas

December 17, 2014

Christmas 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!

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A Winter Playground

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. The almost-buried sandbox is now an exciting snowy landscape for excavating with sandbox toy rakes and toy dump trucks. Our two-year-old […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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