When children play we often just think they're having fun, but research has shown that the benefits of play extend far beyond that in early childhood. Such a key resource in understanding the effects and benefits of play on early childhood development.
This list of medical apps that could be great tools to help hospitalized children. There are different apps for different topics and ages/developmental levels. Goals: familiarization, distraction, education, fun, independence (by gaining knowledge)
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Books for Children with Cancer. I would have loved to have these in the hospital when my son was going through chemo treatments! Great idea to have these books!
The 5 tips that WILL help you calm your angry child down.
Tips for Calming the Angry Child PLUS 8 Calming Tools to do ANYWHERE - Views From a Step Stool Tips for Calming the Angry Child: Why it's ok to be upset, and how we can help our kids learn to calm themselves anywhere!
A Coping Toolbox filled with coping objects, items, photos, etc. for self care. This is a great idea for patients who need some coping skills. You can have them participate and make the toolbox together.
Another set of books that help siblings deal with the death of a loved one. These are so important because dealing with grief in this way is difficult for everyone, especially another child who does not really know how to grieve.
Saying "Calm Down" To Your Kids Doesn't Actually Work
Behaviour management "Calm down" is a phrase that we all use, especially with kids when experiencing intense emotions. Here are some alternative phrases that just might yield better results, and an action plan to put them in place.
This Kid-Friendly Explanation Of Death Will Change How You Think About The World
These are DIY Lungs to make to help children with asthma, cystic fibrosis or breathing complications understand the function of the lung. This would be a wonderful tool in medical play to facilitate a better understanding of how lungs function.