Happy Halloween from Fair Play!

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Happy Halloween everyone! Still need a last-minute costume? Check out the Fair Play costume strategy. Don’t forget Halloween movies and books to get in the mood. There’s also still time for a quick Halloween craft! Traveling this Halloween? Check out these tips for nontraditional Halloween-ing. Most important (in my book) – save your pumpkin seeds and make a healthy, seasonal treat! Recipe after the jump.

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The World Didn’t End, Time to Finish Your Shopping

From Jezebel.com, “First Photo Out of Australia After the Mayan Apocalypse: It’s Not Good” — Just kidding. Christmas is still on!

To no one’s surprise at all, the world did not end, although I find the above photoshopped creation quite hilarious. Today we’re just rounding up all our recommendations in one single post. For most web shopping, today is your last day to get in orders for guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery (depending, of course, how much you are willing to bleed for overnight shipping – you may be able to push this back to tomorrow). This weekend look for our Last Minute Gifts – the Hail Mary of gift-giving, also known as the homemade gift certificate. Actually I delight in homemade certificates, but we’ll get to that on Sunday.

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What’s Cooking?

Felt Pizza Set by Melissa & Doug

If you read our post about kitchen sets, you know that Fair Play is currently on a kitchen play kick! As I explained in that first post, make-believe play is so important to children’s cognitive and language development. Kitchen play is a fun way to encourage pretend play but finding well-made, gender-fair options can be a challenge. Today we’re going to look at some of the pretend food options for your child’s kitchen play.

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Let’s Play Kitchen

Melissa & Doug Kitchen Set from Amazon

Make-believe play has a tremendous impact on cognitive and language development. Children use higher level, more complex language during make-believe or imaginary play than they yet use in everyday life. In my own research, make-believe is one of my favorite modes of play to look at – kids are just learning SO much! But, make-believe play is also one of those areas that can suffer from gender bias in marketing. “Girl toys” are often promoting of make-believe play while “boy toys” are promoting of active play. Finding toys which promote imaginary play without promoting gender differences can be challenging, especially in the arena of “playing house.”

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