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Local Woman Making Playtime All About The Five Senses

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On a day when keeping children busy indoors can be a challenge- here's a story to get the imagination going. Experts say children learn better when they use all of their senses.

Miranda Dietrich a mom of 3 runs an at home daycare in Fargo, and she is trying to change the way children do playtime. A few months back she realized there should be more to playtime than just free play.

"Certain items could be played with as a toy," says Miranda, "But yet I think of a deeper meaning within that toy, with how they can play with them.

Miranda created sensory packs that allow kids to use all of their senses, and learn without even knowing.

"Try to think out of the box," says Miranda, "Find shapes and try to sort them, or find magnets and have them put them in a pattern, just try to find uses for things you wouldn't use them for."

Every month she comes up with a new theme adding things kids can smell, feel, hear, see and "sometimes" taste.

"It allows them to be more creative," says Miranda, "And play at the same time, and with enhancing their fine motor skills they are also learning."

After seeing kids enjoy learning other daycares wanted them too, so she started a local business called Play2learn. But these packs are appealing to more than just childcare.

"Sensory processing disorders, or children with autism, may not like certain things, they may not want to touch certain textures, or hear certain sounds," says Miranda, "This kind of brings it down a level."

She says these packs can encourage kids with special needs to play with those things they have an issue with. Playing with the basics and getting in touch with your senses, all for a taste of education.

Miranda sells these packs on her website as a onetime purchase or a subscription. She is also in the running for a grant through a national small business contest, but needs your votes! Check out the links below to vote and to get to the Play2learn website and Facebook page.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest: http://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com/gallery/Detail/03974055-2ace-48d4-803a-159c05fccf34

Play2learn Website: www.play2learnsensorypacks.com

Play2learn Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/play2learnsensorypacks

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