-Stuart Brown MD
to the home of theater games and videos for playful, positive kids.
I’m an educator, children’s theater director, and a parent. There is so much noise out there about what you “should” be doing with your kid to help them succeed. But I’m starting to feel like it is all really simpler than we think: that in order to create thriving children and successful humans, we just need to be playing more.
As a mom, I use my acting training and classroom curriculum to work through parenting challenges, survive snow days and most of all have fun with my kid! I love watching my son grow into his own person and have fun just keeping up with him. I can’t wait to share my tools with you. Thank you for being a part of Child’s Play in Action!
A series of conversations between early educators to support online teaching and learning in the Fall of 2020.
Help kids get moving in socially distant playdates, or just in your living room, with games from Coach Johnson! He shares his wisdom as a public school PE teacher on how to make inspiring physical games meaningful and child-led. Get bonding time and a workout (dance party!) too.
Emotions Charades is a super fun and incredibly potent tool to help support EQ and empathy in our kids. Use these tips from our theater classrooms to inspire your games and learn about other playful ways that help kids come to terms with their emotions. In these highly charged times we live in, kids need support in identifying and expressing their feelings…let’s do it through play!
Make time on the playground meaningful with these tools that boost imagination! Here are 15 of my favorite toys under $15 that I can slip into a bag when we go. They are collaborative, creative and physical and will certainly add a spark to your kids’ outdoor play! Plus, watch how the classic “Red Light Green Light” gets a dramatic play twist!
Hide and Seek is a classic kid activity, but it’s not just fun and games. Hide and Seek is amazing for our kids’ brains,
The thrilling ways that actors use creative movement can translate to your home or classroom for inspired indoor play. Help kids get “into character” through physical and robust playing that nurtures empathy along the way too! If you are a theater or classroom teacher these build up your ensemble and inspire brave choices. Build in some of these games as a way to release energy and recharge after the school day. Set these games in motion and then empower your kids to keep the playing going without you!
Brain Breaks are brilliant ways to energize your kids in the classroom or at home. These short movement activities invigorate kids so that they can learn with calm bodies and focused minds. They tap into imagination and word play too!