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Category: Play

Keeping Cool at Spray Parks

July 25, 2023  |  Play  |  By Encompass

Sometimes the Power of Outside means looking for fun ways to keep cool in the hot sun. While many pools and lakeside beaches are on offer, there are days when that can all feel just a bit too much for parents of littles. This is where spray parks present an ideal alternative. While you still […]

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Nature Art

August 10, 2022  |  Child Development, Play  |  By Sandra "Sam" Sinanan

Get creative – outside!  I have created and enjoyed art for as long as I can remember, from painting with mud as a young child to painting and making pottery as an adult. Not only is art fun, but there are also numerous developmental benefits for young children. It starts with exploration – touching and […]

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Parent Talks – The Power of Outside

July 7, 2022  |  Play  |  By Encompass

If you’re concerned that your children aren’t spending enough time outside, we’ve pulled together a great team of Encompass professionals who discuss helpful tips and suggestions for getting them out and engaged in the fresh air! Encompass Family Services Manager Sam Sinanan draws on her experience as an art teacher, Lead Preschool Teacher Sarah Holmes […]

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Celebrating Camp Cozy!

January 12, 2022  |  Pediatric Therapy, Play  |  By Megan Walsh, MSW, LICSW

A cold and snowy morning outside, but a warm and toasty scene inside as Camp Cozy welcomed 30 campers through our doors . . . After two years in a pandemic, our Encompass Pediatric Therapy team saw a common thread amongst the kids they serve: they are hungry for social interaction, and they need supported […]

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Playtime is Learning Time

November 2, 2021  |  Child Development, Parent Talks Podcast, Play  |  By Encompass

How much should parents let their kids play? What are the impacts on a child’s development? And how much should parents play with their kids vs letting them play by themselves? Encompass toddler group facilitator and preschool teacher Nikki Slaght provides valuable tips and information, and two parents share their thoughts and perspectives. Resources: The […]

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Fun Indoor Activities for Kids

December 30, 2019  |  Child Development, Early Learning, Play  |  By Ashley Egger, MS, CCC-SLP

It seems that the days often feel short this time of the year, and the cold weather can prevent us from wanting to go outside. With these two factors working against us, you may be left wondering, “How am I going to keep my child occupied all day?” Before worrying too much, here are some […]

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