Do you know what happens when you play with your kids? You help their brains grow!

Play is a child’s ‘work’. Parent educator Mary Lynn Schmidt of the Rockwood School District Parents as Teachers program describes some simple brain-building activities parents can pull together in just 15 minutes in today’s Post-Dispatch article. And here’s the best part: they can be made with things you probably already have at home!

It’s ideas like these that parent educators bring to the doorsteps of Parents as Teachers families across the country every day. And like Mary Lynn Schmidt, they add just a bit of background to help parents understand why each activity is important. Did you know that block-playing is linked to higher math scores?