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The TTPM Guest Blogger Program highlights a variety of online voices to share personal stories, offer family-friendly tips, and connect with TTPM readers. If you are interested in more information on how to become a guest blogger for TTPM, please contact Christie Damato: cdamato@litzkypr.com.

  • Time to Play: Spring Craft Idea for Kids

    By Angie Ramirez

    With spring already here and many students on spring break, here is a perfect craft to work on this spring break with your kids! My daughter loves to help out, especially in crafts, so she was thrilled to be able to do this craft with me. […]

  • Time to Play: Making Math Fun!

    By Nancy Johnson Horn

    Did you like math growing up? I absolutely hated it. I didn't start liking it until I started teaching it to 2nd graders in East Harlem. I didn't want my students to dislike it, so I found ways to make it fun. As a mom with two elementary school-aged children, I try to make it fun for them, too. Whether it's for math homework or playtime, you can make it fun, too! […]

  • Time to Play: Being Girly is OK

    By Yolanda Machado

    Growing up in the '90s meant a lot of things. It was a time of grunge, it was a time where things started getting more open, and it was a time where women began to shed being "girly" and opted more for being one of the guys. Being overly feminine at the time was often looked down upon and seen as going a step backwards for the feminist movement (even though my 15-year-old self had no idea what being a feminist meant). I held onto this ideal well into adulthood, and when I became pregnant with my daughter, I was determined to keep my "non-girly" ideals intact. […]

  • Time to Play: The Positive Benefits of Musical Toys

    By Teresa Foskey

    As a mom, when my kids were little the thought of them being gifted a toy that made music of any kind made me cringe. I am sure that many of you feel the same way. However, toys that have musical components are not only some of the best toys for them to play with but they also have long-term positive effects on your child's development. This can be especially true for special needs children. […]

  • Time to Play: Raising a Reader

    By Sili M. Recio

    I am a reader. A few years back I was a book buyer. This meant that I was knee deep in some type of literature at least 16 hours out of my day. Can you say divine? […]

  • Time to Play: Easter Bunny Craft

    By Vanessa Diaz

    As Easter quickly approaches, I'm super excited to be sharing a fun craft you can do with or for your kids. I feel honored to be sharing it on Time to Play with you. As all the stores stock their shelves with Easter products, I thought I would share one of our favorite crafts that we love to make to decorate for Easter. It's not only a fun decoration, but it also makes cute little bunny hand puppets for your kids. […]

  • Time to Play: Teaching Your Child to Read

    By Anca Andreea Ciociu

    As a mom of a beautiful and intelligent little girl, I was very motivated in teaching her to read. But as you probably know, most children don't start actually "reading" until around 6 years, and I believe that every child is different and will learn at their own pace. It is very important that we as parents pick up on those cues, but more important is to make learning fun. […]

  • Time to Play: Girls Can Play Boys Games, Too!

    By Liz Cerezo

    There came a time in my life when I realized that as a mom of boys, I had to learn how to act, think and play like a boy. My husband has sort of taken on the reins in this department, and for a while, I was totally fine with that decision. With typical rough-and-tough playtime becoming a thing of the past, we soon found ourselves in the world of video games. I have always been a fan of video games and we've had our fair share of gaming platforms, but what happened between my son and I many moons ago will forever stay in our hearts. Let me take you back nine years to the era of the Nintendo GameCube. […]

  • Time to Play: Encouraging Play through Food Toys

    By Jana Banin

    For a long time we bought my son Benjamin every toy he so much as blinked at. It probably sounds like we were spoiling him, but really we were just desperate to get him to do what most kids do naturally: Play. See, because of his autism, playing is something that does not come naturally to him, and something that since his diagnosis seven years ago at the age of 2 we've been trying very hard to teach him. […]

  • Time to Play: Card Games with the Kids

    By Dave Taylor

    Let me get my bias out up front: I believe all good games are social and that playing games should be a social experience. I spend many hours each month sitting around a table with friends playing board games both simple and ridiculously complex, and have tried to instill a similar sense in my three children, a teen, tween and 9yo. Video games with live chatting many see as similarly social, but just as an in-person cup of tea with someone is so much more fulfilling than a phone call, I think being in the same space, playing and laughing together is so much more rewarding and nurturing that I really don't even see video games and computer games as "games" at all, in the same sense. […]

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