Activities

The winter is a great time to talk about the temperature outside and inside, and the ways that we stay warm! Are there certain foods that children crave when they spend lots of time playing outdoors? Warm drinks are a great way to warm up our bodies after we spend time playing outdoors. Set up […]

While many people may associate the winter months with grey, dreary colors, we think that if you look carefully, there are beautiful colors all around! Some of the most beautiful trees that stay green through winter are evergreen trees. Cedar, Fir, Pine, and Hemlock trees stay green all year long and offer some much needed […]

This is our recipe for “Snow Dough” which is a taste safe sculpting dough made from Marshmallow Fluff, cornstarch, and vegetable oil. Have fun making snowmen, or any other sculptures that inspire you! Set up Time: 20 minutes Directions Materials Learning Through Play Cognitive: Connections – Talk to children about snow. Does it snow in […]

Sensory

The winter is a great time to talk about the temperature outside and inside, and the ways that we stay warm! Are there certain foods that children crave when they spend lots of time playing outdoors? Warm drinks are a great way to warm up our bodies after we spend time playing outdoors. Set up […]

While many people may associate the winter months with grey, dreary colors, we think that if you look carefully, there are beautiful colors all around! Some of the most beautiful trees that stay green through winter are evergreen trees. Cedar, Fir, Pine, and Hemlock trees stay green all year long and offer some much needed […]

This is our recipe for “Snow Dough” which is a taste safe sculpting dough made from Marshmallow Fluff, cornstarch, and vegetable oil. Have fun making snowmen, or any other sculptures that inspire you! Set up Time: 20 minutes Directions Materials Learning Through Play Cognitive: Connections – Talk to children about snow. Does it snow in […]

Sensory

This is a cheerful holiday activity that is perfect for working together, eating together, and getting to play a little bit with our food. Invite children to help you chop, organize, and eat this toddler and preschool age friendly charcuterie board that is perfect for the holidays. Note: Modify food as appropriate for children under […]

This activity is a great way to invite children to explore mixing colors. This is a process art activity, where the process of painting, exploring, making predictions, and adaptations is just as valuable as the final product. We love painting on recycled cardboard because it makes for a large and sturdy surface that children can […]

A lovely tradition in Iceland for Christmas Eve is Jolabokflod which means ‘Christmas Book Flood’. At this time, people give each other new books and then spend the evening reading them – with a hot cup of cocoa, of course! For this activity, we make our own books to gift to a loved one. Set […]

This is a cheerful holiday activity that is perfect for working together, eating together, and getting to play a little bit with our food. Invite children to help you chop, organize, and eat this toddler and preschool age friendly charcuterie board that is perfect for the holidays. Note: Modify food as appropriate for children under […]

This activity is a great way to invite children to explore mixing colors. This is a process art activity, where the process of painting, exploring, making predictions, and adaptations is just as valuable as the final product. We love painting on recycled cardboard because it makes for a large and sturdy surface that children can […]

A lovely tradition in Iceland for Christmas Eve is Jolabokflod which means ‘Christmas Book Flood’. At this time, people give each other new books and then spend the evening reading them – with a hot cup of cocoa, of course! For this activity, we make our own books to gift to a loved one. Set […]

In the Winter, the nights are very long. Depending on where you live, the sun can set at a very early time, with the Winter Solstice as the shortest day, and longest night, of the year. Throughout history, humans have found very creative ways to create light, whether they used fire torches, candles, oil lamps, […]

Invite children to build their own bird’s nest with collected sticks outside. This activity explores building with sticks but also invites children to engage in dramatic play. Set up Time: 5 minutes Directions Materials Learning Through Play Cognitive: Problem Solving – Building with sticks is a great opportunity for problem solving. What sticks make a […]

Tetris is a long time favorite video game of many people, and the name of the game has become popular in everyday language. For example, if someone is really good at organizing boxes in a closet, suitcases in the luggage compartment on a plane, or items in square containers, they might exclaim “It’s like a […]

In the Winter, the nights are very long. Depending on where you live, the sun can set at a very early time, with the Winter Solstice as the shortest day, and longest night, of the year. Throughout history, humans have found very creative ways to create light, whether they used fire torches, candles, oil lamps, […]

Invite children to build their own bird’s nest with collected sticks outside. This activity explores building with sticks but also invites children to engage in dramatic play. Set up Time: 5 minutes Directions Materials Learning Through Play Cognitive: Problem Solving – Building with sticks is a great opportunity for problem solving. What sticks make a […]

Tetris is a long time favorite video game of many people, and the name of the game has become popular in everyday language. For example, if someone is really good at organizing boxes in a closet, suitcases in the luggage compartment on a plane, or items in square containers, they might exclaim “It’s like a […]

Oh no, the children’s favorite superheroes have been frozen and they need to be rescued! Plan this one a few hours in advance or overnight and let the children problem solve their way to save their favorite characters. This activity is a great way to explore the properties of ice and the way it melts! […]

Children could watch recycling trucks all day–and why not? They are indeed fascinating inventions that use hydraulics to lift up and crush down on the recycling in the truck. If on garbage day children perk their ears up, look out the window, and ask to see garbage and recycling trucks, we invite you to listen […]

Sweden has a fun gift-giving tradition called Julklappsrim. Julklappsrim is translated as ‘Christmas present rhyme’. When giving gifts to each other, Swedish people like to write rhymes, containing clues about the gifts, and attach them to the wrapped gift. It makes opening gifts so much more fun – reading the rhymes and guessing what’s inside! […]

Pretend Play

Oh no, the children’s favorite superheroes have been frozen and they need to be rescued! Plan this one a few hours in advance or overnight and let the children problem solve their way to save their favorite characters. This activity is a great way to explore the properties of ice and the way it melts! […]

Children could watch recycling trucks all day–and why not? They are indeed fascinating inventions that use hydraulics to lift up and crush down on the recycling in the truck. If on garbage day children perk their ears up, look out the window, and ask to see garbage and recycling trucks, we invite you to listen […]

Sweden has a fun gift-giving tradition called Julklappsrim. Julklappsrim is translated as ‘Christmas present rhyme’. When giving gifts to each other, Swedish people like to write rhymes, containing clues about the gifts, and attach them to the wrapped gift. It makes opening gifts so much more fun – reading the rhymes and guessing what’s inside! […]

Pretend Play

This week we are thinking about all the ways that we can bring the outdoors to the indoors. One way is to play island hopping! This is fun way to get moving, work on listening, recall and gross motor skills! While we show this indoors, children can also do this outdoors. We encourage you to […]

A beloved winter sport for those who are experienced or beginners: Ice Skating! It’s super fun but gets even more fun when enjoyed together with family. Have you ever tried ice skating? Even if you do not have access to an indoor or outdoor ice skating rink, or if children are not quite old enough, […]

This is a great activity to do both inside and outside, and a great use of recycled materials to get children moving their bodies. Additionally, bowling is a fantastic way to naturally integrate math into your everyday play as we will count how many cans we were able to knock down! Set up Time: 20 […]

Movement

This week we are thinking about all the ways that we can bring the outdoors to the indoors. One way is to play island hopping! This is fun way to get moving, work on listening, recall and gross motor skills! While we show this indoors, children can also do this outdoors. We encourage you to […]

A beloved winter sport for those who are experienced or beginners: Ice Skating! It’s super fun but gets even more fun when enjoyed together with family. Have you ever tried ice skating? Even if you do not have access to an indoor or outdoor ice skating rink, or if children are not quite old enough, […]

This is a great activity to do both inside and outside, and a great use of recycled materials to get children moving their bodies. Additionally, bowling is a fantastic way to naturally integrate math into your everyday play as we will count how many cans we were able to knock down! Set up Time: 20 […]

Movement

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Our accessible, playful, adaptable, wide ranging curriculum

Designed for mixed ages

Explore activity resources

Pictures and clear directions

makes it easy to curate experiences for your unique environment

Skill definitions

Fan Favorite Features

Materials list

Resourceful materials

500+ play-based activities

New activities added weekly

The learning made visible

Filter to create your own curriculum

Learning through play

Children are never "just playing"

How do children learn through play?

Play is how children explore and learn about the world. The adult plays an important role in facilitating an environment of balanced play including guiding and enriching their play.