Cold Weather and Playing Outdoors

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Every winter, as the temperatures drop, so does the amount of time people spend outdoors. This can be especially true for children where playtime can become limited to the indoors. Well, you may be tempted to hide inside until spring, but remember, outside play is essential for you and your children’s health and over all well-being. Some of the top reasons why we should all get our children outdoors and how to be active this winter! 1. It’s good for them Physical activity is essential to our children’s growth and development. Getting outside is the best way to get moving!…

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Early Reading Behaviours in Children

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Reading is an important skill for all. This can start early and here are some fun tips and tricks to have your children enjoying early literacy. Let kids pick out their own books Motivation for reading starts by book choice for young readers. Let your children pick out the books that catch their eyes in the bookstore or library. 2. Set goals and reward reading You can reward reading with more reading, getting the next book in your child’s favorite series can be a great motivator to get through one book. You can also intrigue them with a little treat…

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Halloween Safety

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Spooky season is upon us! Here are some tips and tricks to keep everyone safe this Halloween. To prepare for trick-or-treaters: Clean up. Put away tripping hazards, such as garden hoses, toys, and bikes. Clear wet leaves, snow, or other debris from the sidewalk. Turn the porch lights on. Replace burned-out bulbs to ensure visibility at the walkway and front door. Control your pets. Take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door. Consider sugar substitutes. Instead of handing out sweets, try stickers, fun pencils, rubber insects or colored chalk. To prepare your children for…

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Bus Safety

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September is here and that means school busses are once again on the road. Let’s talk about ways we can keep everyone safe this school season. 😊 Drivers: know the rules: When driving: drivers travelling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing and/or stop arm up when you approach the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance to let children get on or off the bus and cross the road don’t move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing and stop arm is no longer activated or the…

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Sun Safety!

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Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful effects means more than slathering sunscreen on any exposed skin. Other parts of your body need protection too. Whether you are playing at the park, lounging on the beach, or simply hanging out in the back yard, make sure you’re covered from head to toe. It’s common to slather on one application of sunscreen and then assume you are done for the day. However, you should be applying sunscreen 30 minutes before you head out and then every two hours thereafter, even more often if you’re sweating or swimming. Protecting yourself from the sun…

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Screen time and Young Children

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There is no one right answer when it comes to managing screen time. Whatever you and your family can realistically manage will be enough to meet your child’s needs. It’s important to have structure at home, even if it is a list of activities your children can choose from. As your child grows, you’ll need to decide how much media to let your child use each day and what’s appropriate. Click the link below to make your own family media plan! https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx Here at The Children’s Place, we are huge advocates of learning through play.  Listed below are some of…

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Getting Outdoors to your local Park

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Going to a park on a nice day is a great way to get outdoors with your little ones. With warmer days ahead, playgrounds are becoming more accessible, but remember, before your child/ren begin to explore, do a check of the playground for safety features and any hazards that could be around the area. 😊 “Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.”  (Erin Kenny) Click the link below for a great read on how to reduce the risk of children getting hurt while out at your community park OR in your own backyard play  space….

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