Author: <span class="vcard">Krystal</span>

Why Day Care Kids Don’t Play Outside Article originally published by the New York Times Outdoor play at day care centers is often stifled because a child arrives wearing flip-flops…


Children play best: When adults are watchful but not intrusive, when safe ground lends courage to their discoveries and adventures. When their trust in life is whole, when they welcome…


Michael Jayne shares his findings about how toys can impact a child’s development and why we might want to put a bit more thought into the toys we purchase and give our children.

Considering the amount of time children spend playing with toys, it seems strange that so little attention has been drawn to their contribution to development. It is even more surprising that the apparent disparity between girls’ and boys’ cognitive abilities in later years lasting into adulthood, especially concerning boys’ average higher aptitude for spatial and mathematical tasks or girls’ talent for empathy and language, has not been linked to the dualistic, gendered nature of children’s toys and the media.

No Tech Childhood

No Tech Childhood Reading

Here is an article published by the University of Cambridge which discusses the advantages of starting formal schooling later and delaying literacy lessons until the age of 7. We tend…

Preschool (4-7)

In case you haven’t heard the high tech world is hurting our kids. iPads, video games, cell phones, tablets and all having a devastating impact on our children’s development. Chris Rowan an occupational therapist discusses some of the trends.

No Tech Childhood

Elementary (7-14) Preschool (4-7)

Why is it so important that we give our children opportunity for free play? How could sending my child to an enrichment activity possibly harm their development? Joan Almon explores…


Young children are increasingly engaged in structured activities such as dance, music, soccer and while these are good they are losing the opportunity for unstructured play and it’s hurting their development.

Playing in a playground where every tree is carefully planted has a different quality than play that takes place in a natural environment. Think back to a camping trip where your children played for hours barely supervised and imagine spending even an hour at the park that way.

Forest School

Child Development Infants & Toddlers (1-3) Preschool (4-7)