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A Pediatric PT’s Perspective on the Pikler-inspired Triangle

*An expert contribution by @themovementmama I’ll never forget the first time I saw a Wiwiurka Pikler-inspired Triangle—I was astounded at its beauty and intrigued by its potential in purposeful play. As a Pediatric PT, it’s my job to find ways to make hard things fun—to trick babies and toddlers into getting stronger in ways that may not come easy. I also seek to find toys that will last through multiple developmental stages and can be repurposed in different ways. For

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day at the zoo

Today’s Play-Based Challenge: Throw a Zoo Day

Roarin’ fun! *This is a series of activities Othergoose created for us – check out the first three challenges at the bottom! Tell your child you’re going to have zoo day today! Practice making animal sounds and movements. Ask curious questions for your child to answer, e.g., “How does a crab walk? How low does a bear growl? How far can a monkey swing? How fast does a cheetah run? Does a turtle eat his lunch slowly? Does a fish blow

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Lesson Plan 3: Build a Habitat

No hardhat required! *This is a series of activities Othergoose created for us – check out the first two challenges at the bottom! Encourage your child to choose a favorite stuffed animal or toy to build a habitat for kids. Explain that a habitat is simply a place to live, like a house for a child, a pond for a frog, or a den for a bear. Together, talk about what might make the best habitat, and let the architecture

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Conscious gifts for children: choosing joy in 2020

A contribution by Kabana Community There’s something special and magical about watching a child unwrap that special gift he/she has been waiting for, but how can we help them make meaningful choices? We don’t need to buy many presents for our kids to make the holiday season special, it is important that we can appreciate what we have. First of all, to your child, there’s no better gift than spending quality time together. We love to create traditions and memories,

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charades

Wiwiurka & OtherGoose: Lesson 2 – Charades

Today’s Play-Based Challenge: Play Classical Charades.Where music meets movement! Find Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” on Spotify or your preferred online streaming service, and play it for your child. Tell him/her that each instrument represents a different animal! There is a bird, duck, cat, wolf, a group of hunters, Peter, and his grandfather. Challenge your child with acting out his/her favorite character or instrument as the song plays along. (Hint: Go ahead and join in – we guarantee it’ll make you both

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Wiwiurka & OtherGoose: Lesson Plan 1

We are super excited to launch a series of in-home challenges with OtherGoose!If you don’t know about them, you’re about to immerse yourself in a great new way to teach your kids, in a proactive, hands-on, entertaining education.With everyone staying home, we HAVE to find ways to keep kids on the way of learning, without forgetting the core values of the things that can be learned from practice. Related: 6 TIPS FOR AT-HOME LEARNING & OUR FAVORITE RESOURCES That’s why

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at home learning

6 tips for at-home learning & our favorite Resources

While the pandemic still takes over our lives, parents are faced with a new reality: kids are going to be staying and taking on at-home learning techniques from scratch, and many parents are a little lost.  What is “at-home learning” and how is it done? Although for many families homeschooling their every day, the reality is that for other families adopting this modality may involve some improvisation. With today’s health crisis around the world, sending children to daycare/school/extracurricular activities is

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Early childhood development: Wiwiurka Climbing toys reviewed by Dr. Patricia Blast

“Play is the work of the child” an eloquent statement by Child Development Specialist Maria Montessori, and one that has become more relevant than ever. Dr. Patricia Blast made a very complete analysis of why Wiwiurka Toys are a great addition to your home. And she’s taking into account children’s developmental stages and needs. Taking education further In today’s day and age, either because of the weather or because of safety and overall rhythm of life, kids can’t find enough

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5 fun settings for Wiwiurka furniture to try

Once you have a Wiwiurka piece and your child plays everyday on it, the piece becomes part of your home, but what happens if your child is also getting a sibling soon, or two? What about when your child is ready for greater developmental challenges? Well, today we are going to address these questions by talking about how to create a play set for your little ones, actually, we’re going further, we’ll talk about 5 different settings for Wiwiurka pieces;

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A prepared environment: implementing Montessori at home

María Montessori’s pedagogical work has been very influential for several decades worldwide, if you have young children or work with them, you surely have heard about a prepared environment. Montessori elementary schools or preschools have become more and more common and accessible. It’s also quite common for families that homeschool their children to apply Montessori principles on an everyday basis. In our own home, we’ve integrated Montessori practices and ideas while raising our daughters as well, especially while arranging their

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