How to Keep Imagination Play Alive For Children!

Hola!  I hope everyone is enjoying some beautiful weather lately!

I wanted to chat about the importance of keeping imagination play alive!  Our society has changed tremendously with screens and social media outlets.  This change has effected our children’s play, and day by day they are losing their imagination.  Some kind of way we have to keep our children involved with this type of play for as long as they will engage in it.  We may have to lead the way in role play and adding their toys as props.  Sometimes, they want us to expand on their vision and work together to reach the goal of what they imagine to bring alive.

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This particular imagination play went as far as the children wanting to create an office and they needed a laptop.  Working together this is what we came up with to create a laptop we cut a cardboard box and the rest the children did on their own!  They carried this laptop all around the house and took it on car rides insisting they had emails to get back to for work.  I was so delighted how they cherished, and took care of their laptops as if they were real.

 

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Here is a doctor office that we set up the children took off with a patient actually getting sick in their office and caring for them right then and there.  (Talk about bringing play to life).  I felt bad watching the patient go through this and was so pleased to see how the children took care of their patient.

Imagination play could start as young as one years old, or younger.  Playing with our children helps add an extended thought process for them to envision along the way.  Imagination play provides problem solving skills, cooperative play skills, solo play skills, and pre-reading skills. (Just a few examples)

Another example would be in the housekeeping area as a restaurant.  Have the children invite their dolls, or stuff animals to be customers.  If your children can write have them create a menu even if it has misspelled words, or we can write what they would like on the menu if they are very young.  Now the children are engaged in print rich reading/writing skills with their play, or pre-reading skills for the younger children.

 

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You could use anything to bring to life what a child envisions by leading the way.  Here are some examples of live imagination play that lasts for days and weeks!

 

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Here we were swim instructors.  The children lined up the student and created a diving board giving each student a rank number on their dives.  We recorded each students name and number on paper.  This activity lived for two weeks before they would put it away.  It was a lot of fun watching them instruct.

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This is a living room with seats and a flat-screen TV.

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Later, they added Beenie Boos to watch TV!

Expanding their play through imagination today could expand their dreams in the future.  Teaching them that there is no limit in play could translate into no limit in dreams and aspirations!

Thank You for reading!  Please stop by soon and share this link or other of eNannylink’s Blog posts on any of your favorite social media outlet!  Gracias!!!

 

Children and Food Allergies

Hola!  Everyone!

This particular post is about working with children that have food allergies. This post came about from one of my nanny subscribers suggestions. ( Thank you Nanny C.)

One of the main threats to children are nuts, or nut products.  Nuts Look inviting at the store,  but for many children nuts could be a life or death situation.  Each child’s food allergies are unique, and understanding what they are will ensure proper care for the child.

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The month of May is Food Allergy Awareness Month.  Today there are so many children with multiple food allergies.  There is an estimate that 1 of 13 children has one or more.  This is a life-threatening situation, and everyone has to be extremely careful on how to manage the child’s food intake.

I once took care of a little toddler that was allergic to 13 food items. Setting up playdates and restaurant outings took a little more time to consider and plan.  I was very cautious on what she would eat and where we could eat at. Most of the time in my care I preferred to pack her own meals/snacks just to be safe at all times.  We always carried her epi pen and kept extras around the house.  When I pack my lunch and I’m around children I make a conscience effort not to carry any nuts, or nut food products with me.

I found a couple of children’s books at the library that’s a really fun way to explain to children what food allergies are. Hope they can help!

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“The Peanut Pickle” A Story About Peanut Allergy by Jessica Jacobs.

“Horace and Morris Say Cheese (which makes Dolores sneeze!) by James Howe.

For more information: Check out this link http://www.anaphlaxis101.com for detail information, resource library, and updates on this very important topic.  Sarah Jessica Parker an actress shares her story and experience on her sons food allergy.  She has been an advocate and has teamed up with Anaphlaxis101.  Thank you for reading and I hope this information will be helpful for you. Have a great day!  Please post your comments, or experience with food allergies below. Gracias!

 

Fun Educational Outings For Children

Hola!

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I hope everyone is enjoying nicer weather! I absolutely love the spring and summer. I definitely love being outdoors with children, and I also love to snuggle up with a few books indoors.

When your thinking of a place to go to with children consider the zoo, or your public library. Talk about educational and fun all wrapped up in one!

The Zoo is always changing and keeps us all falling in love with the animals. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE ZOO!!!!!

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Here is a wonderful book,  and craft idea created by Nanny Nicole with her chargers.  What a way to tie in the zoo trip with a story and craft!

The second place I wanted to talk  more about is the free classes offered for babies, and children at the library!  Watching a baby, or child come alive and grow at story time is phenomenal!!!

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I frequent several libraries in my city because they all have something very special about them!

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The world is yours at the library!!  Visit one today!! Let me know where you like to take your children?  Please leave a comment or subscribe below!!  Enjoy the sunshine anytime you can!  Gracias!  Special Thanks to Nanny Nicole for the elephant pic, and the zoo craft!