Talk Outline: July 26, 2020

  • Why is play necessary?
  • What does play look like?
  • How do YOU (and your kids) like to play?
  • How do we build an environment built for play?
  • How do we help kids play independently?
  • What are our next steps?

Resources I’ll be adding to this page:

  • List of artists + educational topics to add to a playlist
  • Types of play + ideas for each
  • Ideas for a YES list
  • More? Let me know what I’m missing: melissa@rollingprairiereaders.com

“The self that emerges through play is the core, authentic self.”

— Stuart Brown, M.D.

Sample Daily Schedule (Preschooler)

  • Breakfast
  • Outside Time
  • Read-Aloud + Snack
  • Screen Time (30 minutes)
  • Free Play (or Child Choice)
    • Build (blocks, train set, puzzle)
    • Imagine (dress-up clothes, role playing: store, restaurant, home)
    • Create (art, music, crafts)
  • Lunch
  • Nap
  • Invitation to PlayΒ 
  • Learning Activity
  • Dinner
  • Bedtime Routine

Sample Daily Schedule (Elementary)

  • Breakfast
  • Outside Time
  • Read-Aloud // Audiobook + Quiet Toys
  • Learning Activities // Schoolwork
  • Free Play (or Child Choice // Yes List)
  • Lunch
  • Screen Time
  • Family Activity
  • Dinner
  • Family Activity
  • Bedtime Routine

Need Some Playful Activity Ideas?

  • Check out our FREE Insect Family Activity Guide! Here are just a few ideas:
    • Practice the days of the week with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
    • Tally the number of bugs you find in your yard, and make a bar graph together.
    • Explore symmetry with our butterfly painting craft.
    • Create your own bugs out of modeling clay, strengthening fine motor skills while reinforcing important characteristics of insects: body parts, legs and antennae.
    • Read three or more bug books from Eric Carle, and observe his illustrations. Write your own story about your unique insect.
  • Visit our FREE Resource Library for our Activity of the Week videos and Invitation to Play Series!
  • Join our FREE Facebook Group, the Parent Resource Room.