Supporting Parents Creating PLAY-based Learning
PLAY & GROW™ supports you …
There’s no question, parenting is a full-time job; a job for both Moms and Dads! Add, on top of that, working outside the home, societal expectations, social media comparisons and it’s no wonder parents can burn out! However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), for children to THRIVE they must PLAY!
That’s where PLAY & GROW™ comes in …
Insuring your child plays, every day, because you know it is essential for their well-being now and later. PLAY & GROW™ offers parents products, services and resources with one goal: Utilizing the natural way children grow and learn, ie through PLAY!
•Looking for screen-free ideas for your child?
•Searching for ways to develop a love of reading?
•Focused on creating a foundation in STEM?
If so, Play & Grow™ can help!
Parents look to PLAY & GROW™ for PLAY-based ways to engage with their children!
PLAY & GROW™ advocates for your child by…
• Giving parents directions on facilitating meaningful play at home!
• Speaking and writing on the importance of play and sharing its many benefits;
• Offering recommendations on children’s picture books and toys; and
• Hands-on learning activities via Go PLAY Activity Cards™
Our Go PLAY Activity Cards™ are a valuable resource for Moms and Dads, grandparents—even nannies! They foster literacy skills and provide step-by-step plans for play-based activities easily done at home. A variety of themes are covered in Go PLAY Activity Cards™ with learning activities that span the early childhood curriculum.
Teacher Karen’s Recommended Books
Readers are made on the laps of…
Parents–or grandparents!! Below are just a very few of the many, many children’s books I think are absolutely fabulous! Click on image to link to Amazon.
NOTE: You are under no obligation to purchase from Amazon, links are for your information only.
Find more book titles, as well as step-by-step plans, with Play & Grow’s Go PLAY Activity Cards™! These Cards help you to foster your kiddo’s literacy skills and promote PLAY with PLAY-based learning activities! Additional children’s books, with corresponding learning activities and/or play ideas, can be found under Learning Activity posts in TeacherKarensThoughts.
Come to Story Time…
Ideally parents, grandparents or caregivers, can read to their children in person as often as their children like, but sometimes real Life interferes. In those cases, your child can listen to and watch Teacher Karen read! So get your kiddo comfy and settled in for Story Time. Play & Grow™ is Growing READERS!
Teacher Karen READS
Parents look to PLAY & GROW™ for PLAY-based ways for their children to engage!
Look to PLAY & GROW™ Recommendations for details to make informed purchases. Recommendations are made from observing children interacting and engaging with toys and/or with each other while at play. Additionally, some toys are tested out in the community, providing unbiased feedback used in the recommendations.
Attention: Are you a toy manufacturer interested in Play & Grow testing your toys? If so, please fill out the information on the Contact page!
Teacher Karen’s Recommended Toys
Country Critters Play Cube by Hape
In general, I like Hape products. They’re well-made and use safe, non-toxic materials. This activity cube is no exception!Read More
AquaPlay Super Set
Water play is always a good go-to for children and the AquaPlay Super set is a great option. Whenever I set this up for the preschool kidlets it was guaranteed there’d be no extra spaces left vacant around it! Read More
Teacher Karen Helps Parents Create PLAY!
Research proves, and her own experience has shown,
PLAY is the BEST way for children to learn and is best for their overall health & well-being!
PLAY & GROW Products & Resources
Go PLAY Activity Cards
Fun & Learning…
Foster literacy and facilitate hands-on PLAY with Play & Grow’s Go PLAY Activity Cards™. Ideal for the preschool-aged child, children 3-5 years old. Infants and toddlers also benefit from an immersion in language with interactive and engaging fingerplays and books. Go PLAY Activity Cards™ GROW with your child as they GROW & LEARN! Be sure to check our new e-Cards option for even more hands-on PLAY!
Articles by Teacher Karen
Teacher Karen’s Thoughts are a guide for knowledge and information on early childhood-related research, guest posts and issues on children’s overall health and wellness!
Play & Grow… PLAY-based Learning!
With the electronic version of Go PLAY Activity Cards, families have another avenue to give kiddos enriched learning, experiences; PLAY-based and developmentally appropriate. Teacher Karen curates children’s books, nursery rhymes and fingerplays plus music & movement and other activities for natural, hands-on learning! Questions? Contact TeacherKaren@PlayAndGrow.com
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Learning is Fun & Easy with PLAY & GROW™!
6 Free Learning Activities & PLAY Ideas from Teacher Karen
PLAY addresses all areas of child development. It’s all about PLAY-based learning!
About Teacher Karen
PLAY & GROW™ blossomed out of Teacher Karen’s commitment to children. The early childhood years are special magical years. She counts herself very blessed to have shared many children’s early childhood years as co-founder and teacher of a hands-on, preschool.
PLAY a Core Belief…
Central to Teacher Karen’s core teaching beliefs is play is essential to early learning. In 1995, Teacher Karen co-founded and taught at Red Gate Farm Preschool. A key characteristic of Red Gate was facilitating learning through play.
Training and Life Experience…
Teacher Karen’s family has grown to 10 members including 4 beautiful grandchildren! As a parent, and now grandmother, she knows the value and power of play. With that experience as well as her engineering and early childhood education backgrounds, she helps parents facilitate learning activities, based in PLAY and backed by science! Teacher Karen looks forward to giving you the tools for your child to #PlayEveryDay. Parents are partners with Play & Grow because we know #PlayMattersInChildhood!
We love the Go PLAY cards! They are just the right size for carrying in my purse or tote, and that way I have them when we need a quick activity due to a delay or other unexpected hiccup in plans. The songs and fingerplays are a quick, easy way for us to connect in joy.
Pretty chilly out there but we did your scavenger hunt on our street! Surprisingly, couldn’t find a puddle until we were coming inside and spotted one in the back of the toy car. Thanks Teacher Karen!