Category Archives: Play

The Ginghams Visit Grandma Paper Dolls (Free!)

The Ginghams Visit Grandma (Free!)

One of my most frequently pinned posts is The Ginghams Paper Dolls (Free!). So many people remember these from their childhood and are thrilled to find them again! There is another set of paper dolls called The Ginghams Visit Grandma. These are super cute too!

The set includes the four Gingham girls as well as a Grandma paper doll. There are lots of sweet clothes and furniture to cut out as well.

And don’t forget about the Little House on the Prairie Paper Dolls! This is a fun set for pretending with Mary, Laura, Carrie, Ma … Read more »

How we ended up relaxed homeschoolers and what it looks like

How We Ended Up Relaxed Homeschoolers and What It Looks Like

I realized we were relaxed homeschoolers somewhere along the beginning of Caroline’s second grade year (this year). I had kind of wandered in the wilderness of trying to figure out how to answer the question when people would ask what kind of a homeschooler I was. This was mostly due to trying to figure out how to best teach Caroline rather than any specific philosophy I might have held before I had her.


For quite a bit of kindergarten and first grade I wondered if we were unschoolers. I think because I had to be so unstructured with her compared to … Read more »

Kindergarten, Play and Testing Obsessions

Kindergarten, Play and Testing Obsessions

Here is another great video about the importance of play for young children. This video focuses specifically on play in kindergarten.

The push to full day, academic kindergarten is such a tragedy. Expecting all children to learn to read by the end of kindergarten is simply wrong. The push for the Common Core standards is just going to make all of this that much worse. High-pressure standardized testing in early elementary is criminal. We are burning out these sweet children and will pay the price later on.

My favorite quote from the video: “Do we raise robots who can regurgitate facts and … Read more »

The Critical Importance of Play for Young Children

The Critical Importance of Play for Young Children


This thought-provoking video about the importance of play for young children is soooo good.

The need for play is one of the key reasons we have chosen to home educate Caroline. She is becoming an amazing problem solver because she has had so much unstructured time to explore and play. Playing and creating nearly every day for the past four years with TinkerToys alone has been fantastic for her. Her ability to create, think outside the box, and problem solve is so far beyond her age level.

Would she learn to adapt to little to no playtime if she was in … Read more »

Does Your Child Have Nature Deficit Disorder?

Does your child have Nature Deficit Disorder

Does your child suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)?  I think it is a very common problem with long-term implications for today’s children.

What is NDD? explains in Nature Deficit Disorder (bold mine):

A lack of routine contact with nature may result in stunted academic and developmental growth. This unwanted side-effect of the electronic age is called Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). The term was coined by author Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods in order to explain how our societal disconnect with nature is affecting today’s children. Louv says we have entered a new era … Read more »