It is no secret that Pretend Play forms an essential part of a child’s development. Children learn by observing, imagining and doing. We often think of “play time” as a time reserved for running around the playground and letting off steam between lessons, or for sitting down quietly with a few good toys to tinker with. These forms of play are important in themselves, but they are not the only forms of play. Learning through play is now widely recognised by practitioners as an essential method of learning and development for young children, and a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of pretend or imaginative play as a vital contributor to the normal development of a child.
Role playing is a great way to work out situations with children. As mentioned on MyKingstonKids Radio with our guest host, Corin and Judson from Wayfinder imagination is a critical component to child development and effective social skill building.
It’s one thing for kids to hear parents give them instructions on how to do things differently, but to be most effective, they need an opportunity to practice. Role playing provides them with an opportunity to practice new behaviour in a safe environment. You can offer feedback and coaching by creating role playing opportunities.
Bullying is a very important subject to all of us here at MyKingtsonKids, which is why we chose this topic to cover. Keep in mind that we will revisit it multiple times throughout the upcoming months. As mentioned on MyKingstonKids radio here is some great info that can help you understand and breakdown the facts about bullying. Please let us know your thoughts on our facebook page.
There are many people who remember the tender and successful series Rugrats, which tells of different adventures experienced by a group of children consisting of Tommy, Carlitos, Angelica, Phil, and Lil, among others.
The project was on the Nickelodeon table for some time. They wanted to resurrect the Rugrats: Adventures in diapers to meet Tommie and his gang to a new generation of boys and girls. The idea
Reading should be fun. As mentioned on our radio show there are a few ways to keep the chidren engaged in reading activities. We hope that these help you and get your young ones on the right track. Let us know how it works out on our facebook page @mykingstonkids.
It’s feels so great to introduce our new and exciting project, the MyKingstonKids Play Café. The Play Café is an event within an event and will give parents a chance to attend an event with their children and not have to worry about keeping them entertained. The Play Café is a designated area within specific events including block parties, festivals, etc. that will be fully equipped with a menu of children’s activities including games, arts & crafts, paint ball, dance parties, bouncy houses and more depending on the space provided. Parents can leave their children or stay with them in the area. Our counselors will keep them busy while you enjoy the event!!
Here are our top six ways to encourage kids to love music:
We have more access to music than ever before. When it comes to listening to music with your kids, I recommend listening to music you love and trying to expand your musical tastes—both for the benefit of your kids and for yourself.
Children are born without a musical bias. If they love a song, it’s because they love a song. Their taste in music is pure and untainted by what other people and the media tell them they should like.
Ultimately, the instrument you and your child choose should depend on a number of factors. Here's a list of questions to consider before bringing home a new music maker:
• Is your child excited about the instrument? Does she like the way it sounds and feels? Some music schools offer a "petting zoo" that introduces kids to multiple instruments.
As we mentioned on MyKingstonKids Radio learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune his/her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.
Between basketball, soccer and scouts, your school-age kid's schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you're on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. They may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player.
If you ever wanted to know if there was a video for any of the songs we play on the show, your thoughts may be answered. Check out our new Video playlist on MyKingstonKids.com. If you visit our radio page you will see the youtube video player that showcases over 100 kid friendly music videos.
We have everything from Moana to Kidz Bop, soundtracks and more.
More parents are searching for information of any kind as they helplessly watch their sons and daughters become highly absorbed in the world of computers, tablets and Smartphones. Children hooked on to video games show clear signs of addiction resorting to tricks such as lying or hiding to play these games. Many show signs of social withdrawal, lack of interest in hobbies and activities, disobedience and even anger. Several video game addicts actually view the games as a means of
First let’s talk about a few new updates to the MyKingstonKids.com website. You can now visit our Radio Show area by simply clicking on the radio button on the top navigation bar. This will take you to our Radio page where you can now listen to pass radio shows on our customized player. The Player will allow you to fast forward, rewind and seek though any show available. We will work to keep the latest shows available. As of now, we have up until March however by the end of next week it will be current with all shows from today and before.
Here's is something cool for your kids to do this week! Enter our Pet Photo Contest!
Post a picture of your pet with your kids on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/mykingstonkids under the Pets Contest Post. By submitting a photo you will enter our pet photo contest and may win a copy of the MyKingstonKids Morning Mix CD: Vol 1-The Break Out.
Photos must be in by July 13th. Winners will be announced on July 14th on MyKingstonKids Radio Show and our Facebook page.
A pet is a domesticated animal that lives with people, but is not forced to work and is not eaten, in most instances. In most cases, a pet is kept to entertain people or for companionship. Some pets such as dogs and cats are placed in an animal shelter if there is no one willing to take care of it. If no one adopts it or the pet is too old/sick, the pet may be killed.
Many of us have fond memories of growing up with the family cat or dog. As it turns out, 62 percent of households in the United States include companion animals. Dogs are the most popular choice coming in at 39 percent, while cats take a pretty close second at 33 percent. For those of us lucky enough to fall into that 62 percent, childhood included some pretty awesome memories with our first best friend. Playing in the yard, cuddling in pillow forts or dressing our rescue lab like batman to match our Joker costume for Halloween – it’s hard to think of a childhood moment that Brownie didn’t play a featuring roll in.
The summer is here and its time for the kids to enjoy it as much as possible. What if they can enjoy it while making some extra cash and learning something new? I think so! Happens all the time. A business is a perfect opportunity for your kids to learn how to create their own income and recognize opportunities. You may be saying - my kids are busy with school and sports. They’re well taken care of, buddy. I’m not gonna burden them with the task of running a business in addition to everything else.
Guess what kids?? You will now have a chance to meet the new face of MyKingstonKids. His name is Poppy the Panda and he’s fun, exciting and full of surprises. You may have seen Poppy at the Into Yellow Dance Party last week. He made his first public appearance and took many photos with families during the event. The guests seemed to have really enjoyed him and that’s just what Poppy likes.
Becoming a member is super simple and very exciting. We have 3 options for to choose from.
First we have our club membership which is totally free and our paying membership which there is a small fee. You can pay monthly or yearly and receive 2 months free.
Can you believe it?? MyKingstonKids finally has its own gift cards. You can now share the gift of MyKingstonKids with your loved ones. Our cards range from $5 and up. These are digital gift cards so all purchases can be done online for your convenience.
So you may be asking yourself, What I can purchase with a MYKingstonKids gift card??
You may have heard of the Hudson Valley Parent Magazine. There publication is all over Kingston and other parts of the Hudson Valley in offices, schools and anywhere that you may find children. Well now for the first time ever you will get a chance to actually hear the voices of the Hudson Valley Parent Magazine right here on MyingstonKids Radio once a month. We have developed a new partnership with the leading magazine to provide you with a glance of what’s happening before it hits the stands. This way you will know what to expect and even have some great info about your area before the rest of the community.
The obesity epidemic in children over the last few years has been alarming, and therefore parents are always advised to monitor their BMI (Height-to-Weight ratio). The activities carried out by a child during the developmental process go a long way in building up in them, all they need for their adult lives.
Summer is here again; kids are totally school-free for the next 2-3 months. It’s not uncommon that most kids will resort to TV all day long. Their favorite shows that school made them miss must be covered for. But the screen is not the friendliest way to keep your kids busy; in fact, too much of the screen is injurious to their health.
It’s not news that children are the most valued possessions of responsible parents. And at all cost, they always want to protect their children from every possible danger. Unfortunately, these kids are the most vulnerable to dangers because of the carefree lifestyle they are susceptible to live. Without suspecting it and as against most adults who has the intellectual capacity to protect themselves, children expose themselves to a lot of dangers, especially pollutants that can be very injurious to their health.