The Playful Parent's blog

A Chill in the Air

So, the kids are home and the novelty of the presents will likely fade after a few days.  It happens every year and the remainder of your winter break will be spent wondering how to entertain your brood, indoors and out.

A Helping Hand

Tis the season to be grateful for our many blessings.  It’s also the time of year when we’re reminded that it truly is better to give than receive.  Canned food drives, clothing collections and caroling at the local nursing home - all activities that are frequentl

Fall At Your Feet

As we move further into fall, our days are cooler and sunsets arriving sooner.  The comfortable temperatures and beautiful fall foliage coax many of us outside for walking, hiking and biking. 

All a flutter

By now you’ve weathered the back to school chaos and have hopefully settled into new routines.  Days spent cooped up in the classroom hopefully will have your children scrambling to get outside when they get home.  This month’s post was inspired by 15 Minutes Outside: 365 ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids by Rebecca P.

The Art of Back to School

As the summer fades, the back to school frenzy begins!  Over the past several years, my 3 kids have accumulated a considerable pile of recycled supplies, including notebooks, binders and even a few folders.  Most of these are still in good shape – notebooks mis

Look Up for Falling Stars

Warm summer nights are perfect for stargazing and this month’s activities will focus on upcoming meteor showers.  In late July and early August we may see the Delta Aquarids

Natural Treasures

Summer is finally here and I’m so happy to be able to tell my kids “go outside and play!”  Some of this month’s activity ideas come from I Love Dirt!  52 Activities to help you and your kids discover the wo

Rainy Day Fun

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Playful Parent!  WPPL’s Youth Services     collection includes many great books on crafts, activities, party games, boredom buster books, experiments for home and school and much more.  I will strive to get your cre