Creative Child

Looking for a Summer Activity? Go on a Playtime Edventure!

by Winita Frederick

We all know the struggle of getting our kids to put down the remote controller and pick up a book. We also know the feeling of being shut out by our children and the imaginative worlds that they inhabit. When father and self-proclaimed “big kid,” Kevin Gatlin, was faced with these challenges he looked to his son, his wife, and his mother for inspiration. The result: a unique line of children’s bedding accessories and CDs that kids love and parents appreciate called Playtime Edventures.

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After observing his wife and son using the bed as a homework and activity desk, Gatlin asked his wife if he should buy a desk for his son’s room. She explained that it would take up too much space. That’s when the ingenious ideas for Playtime Bed Sheets, Slumber Bags, and the Imagination Pillow were born.

Gatlin then consulted his mom, a retired teacher. With the help of a few other teachers, the boredom busting Playtime Bed Sheets, Ride Along with Dooey Car Games CD, and other accessories were designed.

If it’s too hot for those outdoor summer activities, don’t sweat it! Including over 50 interactive features—from checkers, word searches, and finger trace mazes to positive affirmations and foreign language games—they also provide a perfect opportunity for spending quality time with your kids indoors at any time of day. These bed sheets provide endless summer activities to combat that summertime boredom that will inevitably set in. Add a few washable crayons and markers, and you've got the perfect recipe for imaginative games without your children ever leaving the comfort of their beds!

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“The number one piece of furniture a child identifies with is their bed,” Gatlin explains. “Many times we want our kids to meet us at our level. What we find when we do that is that their attention span doesn’t last long.” If you meet your child at the places they feel most comfortable, you can build a stronger connection with them. You will likely grow less impatient in these scenarios, as well.

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As parents, we have to think about how even our furniture choice impact our children. “My son loves to watch super hero cartoons! And I’m always telling him to turn off the TV and read a book," Gatlin explains. "I didn’t realize that I was giving mixed messages. I was inadvertently encouraging him to watch those cartoons because I would buy him bedding products that had those same characters on them.”

We’ve barely scratched the surface of the limitless fun and learning that Playtime Edventures offers for parents and kids. Playtime Edventures also partners with charities to give to those in need. If your kids need more creativity with their summer activities and you’re interested in getting a Playtime Edventures bedding set for your kids, visit their online shop. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Winita is a staff writer at Scooterbay Publishing Inc. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and worked as a library assistant and elementary school tutor throughout college. When she's not writing, she enjoys outdoor exercise, reading at the library, and spending time with family and friends.

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