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All Children Love to Play in the Water

Ever notice what happens when toddlers see a puddle?

They will jump into it and make a spash before you know it!

And mud is even better because it feels wet and squishy!

It is fun for kids to enjoy the feeling of playing in the water and flowing materials!

And after all, fun is the best thing to have!

Is this next generation of kids we are raising any different than we were growing up?

Though I can see that times they are a-changing, and the world is different now than when I was growing up, children are not different. The children I know and interact with want to talk, be silly, play games, run around outside, and have people in their lives who listen and pay attention to them. Their childhood is what seems to be disappearing. They are expected to do more much earlier, at a faster pace, with a plethora of electronics, gaming devices, diverse distractions, and within a culture of intense competition, entitlement and moral decline.

It is no wonder that their parents and caregivers are searching for what to do and how. Part of the issues we face today is a reliance on Facebook, the Internet, Wikipedia, and other social media. Adults taking care of children are looking for answers to their questions and concerns. Everyone thinks they know how to take care of children, and they know what they are doing, when in fact they do not.

The book is organized as if you were going through a typical day beginning with wake-up time, and proceeding through the day. It was designed to help caregivers create play for their children that will in turn teach the kids what to do when getting ready for school and life in general. This type of play is not only fun and attractive to children, it

also helps them focus attention, learn to control their impulses and follow multiple directions. All of these skills are necessary for children to become successful with later academic tasks, socialization, and formal school experiences.

Asa developmental specialist, the chapters reflect my philosophy for raising children, what I learned growing up, and what works to get kids to cooperate with peers, adults, and within their families whether at home or in childcare settings. The importance of play originated in my background growing up. I came to see why it matters so much for young children in my professional training, experience, and through mentors.

Although the theory may not be important to parents who are trying to get their 2-year-old in the bathtub and to sleep for the night, a developmental reason exists for why kids do what they do. Early childhood theory is presented through examples of actual home-based childcare providers setting up play in their back yards and provide ideas to apply at home. This preparation, organization and pre-arrangement of each play experience (“scaffolding”) allows children to move developmentally from purely sensorimotor, whole body movement to problem-solving language, sharing, and more appropriate social skills such as give-and-take. It includes, but is not limited, to the outside play ideas and experiences in the context of everyday living.

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