In this blogging journey of mine, I have had the pleasure of meeting and walking alongside some incredible women and now three of those women have put together a book that I have the honor of sharing with you.
The Undeniable Power of Play is a book of over 100 tips, activities, and play-based learning strategies to engage your child through play.
I had the honor of not only getting a first peek at the book, but I have also gotten to know these three moms over the last year and they have taught me why play is so important for children and how to incorporate play-based learning into our everyday lives.
Here are my takeaways.
1. IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH.
Learning through play can be as simple as building blocks, running outside, or throwing food coloring on some cooked pasta and setting it on a brownie pan lid and letting your kids feel it.
I think a lot of us parents have gotten it into our heads that every activity we do with our children needs to be Pinterest-worthy in order to be good enough forgetting that when you’re a kid, it doesn’t take much. I am sure you have heard how some kids have millions of toys to play with, but nothing is as entertaining as a cardboard box. You know why that cardboard box is so entertaining? Because while we see a box, kids see spaceships, tents, cars, boulders, and who knows what else.
Play can be simple, but play is powerful.
2. THE BEST RULES ARE NO RULES AT ALL
What I love most about the book, The Undeniable Power of Play is that there are guidelines to setting up each activity and suggestions on how to engage, but there aren’t any strict rules. The point is to set up an activity, help your child take the lead, and see what comes of it.
In my personal experience, my kids thrive the most when I take this approach. I found that when I let go of the idea that an activity has to be organized from start to finish, we end up having more fun as a family and my kids get more out of it.
Not only am I less stressed when I let go, but my kids’ imaginations run wild and I am able to get a glimpse into how their brains work which brings me to my last point.
3. EMBRACING THE IMAGINATION OF A CHILD IS THE KEY TO APPRECIATING LIFE
In the moments when I am watching my children make sense of the world in their own unique way, I am reminded of how amazing life is.
On my most stressful days, hearing my toddler stomp down the hallway while roaring like a dinosaur with the baby thumping behind him letting out his own version of a roar, stops me in my tracks every time. I am reminded at that moment that they are only this little once so I will drop what I am doing and stomp along with them.
We will stomp around the house anywhere from five minutes to an hour and yes it is hard to walk away from cleaning or catching up on work or blogging, but in the grand scheme of things, that one hour is more than worth it.
As parents, we have a front row seat to our kids’ lives. But the fun part about where we’re sitting is that we don’t have to sit still.
The Undeniable Power of Play comes out June 1st, but you have a chance to pre-order yours here today and be sure join the authors, Susie, Katie, and Alana in the #PowerofPlay52 challenge on Instagram. Each week there is a new activity prompt to inspire a play-based learning activity for you and your kid(s).
I am so proud of my friends not only for putting this book together, but for making the power of play accessible to families everywhere.
I received The Undeniable Power of Play in exchange for an honest review. While I am an affiliate, all opinions are my own.