The Importance of Play for Kids During COVID-19

By Dr. Amanda Zelechoski, co-founder of Pandemic Parenting 

The late renowned psychologist, Jean Piaget, and beloved TV host, Mr. Fred Rogers, were big proponents of the idea that “play is the work of childhood.” Sometimes, as parents, we forget that play is not just an activity kids do to pass the time. Play is actually a critical component of a child’s development and is linked to specific aspects of development, including problem-solving, creativity, cognitive skills, socialization, and language.  

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American Girl Dolls: Four Ways to Inspire Creative Play

American Girl doll with guitar

What does your darling dream of becoming? Musician or medic? Actress or archeologist? More than ever, children need toys for creative play. A great doll serves as a reliable friend when playdates aren’t possible and encourages role-playing to build a child’s understanding of themself and their world. Inspired by American Girl, here are four fun activities your child can enjoy with their doll.  

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Online School or Classroom Learning: Make the First Day Special

teens doing online school at home

After a summer like no other, it’s time for school again. Whether it’s online school or classroom learning, you can make their first day positive and special. From creating a vision board to capturing this one-of-a-kind year in photos, we’ve got tips and ideas for you.

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Back-to-School Checklist (for home or classroom)

boy at school desk thinking about back-to-school checklist

By now you’ve probably received the memo from your kid’s school as to whether they’re returning to the classroom or staying in the kitchen for more online learning. Either way, it’s time to start getting in gear for the new school year.

We’ve got tips for helping kids keep a positive outlook PLUS an extra-special back-to-school checklist.

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