I know it's hard to find time to read. When I do have the time, I often prefer to find something mindless or at least fiction to take my mind off the chaos of the day. However, I think that it's important to make sure we are continually learning and challenging ourselves, too. So, when you're up for it, here are a few suggestions to learn more about the importance of play and how it promotes literacy and creativity.
This first one was a big inspiration for my family's dedication to turning off our television for a whole year. We turned it off in March and are still going strong!
This was suggested by Carol Westby at her conference.
Here is one specific to how children learn through play.
This book offers 50 symbolic play themes to help get fantasy play started. A great choice for playdates and for those children who need help getting their ideas started. This is also a wonderful way to promote new vocabulary!
300 dramatic play activities!
If you try one or more of them out, let me know what you think!