Playing with other kids apart from adults offers numerous benefits to kids. Try these tips to make sure your next play date is a success.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Stomper Stuffie™, the dinosaur who squashes any problem. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
Do you ever feel like you’re saying “no” all the time to your kids? Take a break from the two-letter word and learn how to say “yes” more often without letting your kids walk all over you.
It’s not too late to enter this week’s drawing for a chance to win a free Bizzy the bee Stuffies® toy. They make great Christmas gifts, and they provide fun opportunities to start new holiday traditions. Did you know that Stuffies® can deliver mail to Santa? Have you ever thought of using a Stuffie™ as a Christmas stocking? Discover 3 fun ways to use Stuffies® this holiday season.
Enter our weekly drawing for a chance to win a free Bizzy Stuffie™, the bee who is always buzzing to help others. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
Your threats to the turn the car around when things get rough are pointless. Your kids know that you’re committed to going to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving. So skip the threats and try these car games to make the drive time go smoothly.
Here’s a fun activity to help your kids get in the thankful spirit before the big turkey day. All you need is your Stuffie™’s seven secret pockets and a few things you’re thankful for. It could be a fun new tradition for your family, and it gives your kids the chance to receive the numerous benefits of practicing gratitude.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Scout Stuffie™, the monkey who is always watching out for others. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
With their brightly colored packaging and friendly themes, it’s hard to imagine that some toys may be doing more harm than good. Trends in current toys, however, may actually be working against kids’ development of imagination, creativity, and cognitive abilities.
Parenting can be draining and daunting for introverts and extraverts alike, but for different reasons. Here are some tips for handling some of the parenting situations that are most challenging for introverts.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Muddzie Stuffie™, the pig who is not afraid to get dirty helping others. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
It’s time for girls to take back the rainbow. Pink is a wonderful color, but can we stop using it as a way to reinforce stereotypes? We need to empower our children to beg in ALL the toy aisles, not just the ones color-coded for their gender.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Digger Stuffie™, the dog who digs deep to help others. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
Looking for a fun weekend activity with the kids? Have a Stuffies® slumber party in the living room. To make it extra fun, follow these instructions to make an easy no-sew Stuffies® sleeping bag.
Ask your 4-year-old what a merry-go-round is, and see if he knows the answer. Or how about a teeter-totter? For better or worse, playgrounds are changing. Explore what this means for kids growing up today.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Wonderella Stuffie™, the Pegasus who knows your dreams can take you anywhere. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift!
Why your introverted child may suffer from “the overscheduled child” syndrome more so than his extraverted peers—and what you can do about it.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Igby Stuffie™, the iguana that dances to his own beat. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift!
Feeling the Pinterest pressure? Relax! Skip organized, structured activities in favor of invitations to play and watch their imaginations blossom.
Hating the sound of your own voice when you nag your kids to clean up after themselves? Try one mom’s strategy for getting her kids to clean with zero nagging. This one blew my mind.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Whisper Stuffie™, the cat who knows the power of listening. The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
No more recess, no more ball, no more games of tag at all… declares a New York middle school. It’s a shame because we all need more cartwheels in our lives, and here’s why.
Enter our weekly drawing to win a free Champ Stuffie™, the lion who’s quick to stand up for others! The winner will also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
Do you have a bucket list of fall service projects for your child? See how many of these fun and important ideas your family can tackle this fall!
Even the world’s most experienced parent is still unprepared for parenting at times. Aren’t we all? So let’s all cut ourselves some slack and stop being so hard on ourselves.
One of the newest Stuffies®, just released in August, Blaze is the dragon who’s always roaring with courage. Does your little one need a boost in courage? Win him or her a FREE Blaze Stuffie™ in this week’s drawing!
September is the month when the most babies are born. Do you know anyone who had a baby in the past month? Surprise her with a clever gift where the best part is the wrapping!
Falling asleep after watching an hour of television in bed may seem like a normal routine for adults. Research shows, however, that excessive “screen time” for kids not only detracts from unstructured playtime—it can also be detrimental to their sleep habits.
She’s the unicorn who believes everyone has a little magic inside, and kids love her! Enter for your chance to win a FREE Prancine Stuffie™ and you’ll also receive a free storybook and mystery gift.
Would your child rather engage in passive activities like watching television than imaginative play? Try these ideas to get their make-believe juices flowing. Plus find out why it’s so important!
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Plato, Greek Philosopher
Children’s playtime has declined over the years while the rate of psychological disorders in kids has increased. Is it a coincidence or are the two trends connected? Play experts weigh in.
Introducing our first weekly giveaway! Enter for your chance to win a FREE Digger Stuffie™, storybook and mystery gift.
What is all that stuff stuffed in that Stuffie™? It’s anybody’s guess! Your kids will love this fun and tactile guessing game you can play with your Stuffies®.
New sleep research says that irregular bedtimes may disrupt young children’s brain development. What should you do when bedtime fears are ruining a good night’s sleep?
Try these tips when things go bump in the night.
Is our education system on the right path to facilitate true learning and prepare kids for adulthood? Or have we missed the boat, as developmental psychologist Peter Gray believes, by undervaluing children’s natural drive to play and explore?
What can we learn from a hungry polar bear that abandons his predatory intentions at the first invitation to play? Founder of the National Institute for Play and author of the book Play, Dr. Stuart Brown proposes that play is an evolved behavior important for the wellbeing and survival of animals, especially those with higher intelligence. He believes we’re designed to play through our whole lifetime and that it can make us smarter at any age. Watch this fascinating TEDTalk and share your thoughts: How often do you engage in play as an adult?
One of the world’s most famous nannies, Mary Poppins, said, “In ev’ry job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.” Here are a few ideas for making cleanup time less of a chore for kids. They’re not officially Mary Poppins-approved, but we think she’d like them.
Hitting the books instead of “wasting time” by playing may not always pay off when it comes to raising a reader. Explore 4 myths about raising readers in this post and get expert tips for cultivating a love of books.
How many times have you wished your child would sleep longer each night or sleep better throughout the night? At almost every stage of childhood, a lack of good quality rest is a common complaint among parents. Now, with the school year in full swing for many families getting a good night’s sleep is more [...]
“The drive to play freely is a basic, biological drive. Lack of free play may not kill the physical body, as would lack of food, air, or water, but it kills the spirit and stunts mental growth.”
Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn
Investing time and effort in your children are noble pursuits. When does it make sense be less protective, less directive and less involved in every moment of your children’s lives?
Kids love to make noise, especially when you give them permission. Help your kids turn their Stuffies® into a complete noise-making orchestra. All they need is their Stuffies®’ seven secret pockets and a few supplies from around the house.
They just think they’re playing. Underneath the playful exterior, however, they’re developing the confidence they’ll need to meet challenges later in life. Here are six ways you can help facilitate the process.
Are your kids constantly hounding you for attention? Do you rely on the TV as a babysitter just to get a break? Try these tips for changing your title from Chief Entertainment Officer to parent.
Walk through the toy section of any store and you’ll see a plethora of characters from movies and TV shows. The sheer volume of merchandising out there indicates how much time kids spend today watching TV and movies and the level of influence these stories have on play. Some experts say that this level of [...]
Turn your Stuffies® into the ultimate bedtime heroes. We’ll show you how to transform your classic Stuffie™ into a “Lullaby Stuffie™” or “Toasty Stuffie™.”
Do your kids have what it takes to stop the alien weed invasion? Can hosting a princess party be a service project? When the kids are complaining about boredom this summer, try one of these 5 fun service projects to spice things up while doing something good for someone else.
Are we educating people out of their creative capacities? Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges education systems across the globe in this TEDTalk. We’ve already discussed how academic structures have reduced free playtime for children. In this talk Robinson argues that our current system also stifles creativity. Watch this video presentation and share your thoughts. Are we squandering children’s talents? Do you agree that creativity is as important as literacy (or perhaps broccoli) today?
Becky Langdon is a senior columnist for Project Playtime and Stuffies®, America’s favorite plush toy with 7 secret pockets.
Create a packing list for what you need on a backyard campout, and have the kids stuff their Stuffies® with the things on the list. It’s a fun and easy staycation that doesn’t require much planning.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Fred Rogers, Children’s Television Show Host
Even though they had to walk 5 miles to school – uphill both ways – previous generations had 9 more hours of playtime per week than today’s children. Busy schedules, academic changes, and structured activities are encroaching on this critical resource.
No need to turn the car around when things get rough. We’ve got tips for taking playtime on the go and surviving summer travels with children.
Play is the highest form of research.
Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist
Playtime isn’t just a way to keep them busy while you have a cup of coffee and read this blog. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s critical for the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of children.
Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.
Plato, Greek Philosopher