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 Safe Trick-or-Treating & More Spooky Tips
October 2023 | Issue 238
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Halloween is a time for spooky thrills and imagination. But the holiday also brings some extra risks for kids. Did you know that child pedestrian injuries are more likely on Halloween than on any other night of the year, for example? Or how some treats—including two popular brands of sour "rolling" candy that recently were recalled—pose a serious choking risk?

Help keep Halloween fun and safe for your family with these important tips

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Are you looking to add some frightful fun to your family movie night with a scary movie, but wondering if your child is ready? Pediatrician and media expert Dr. Corinn Cross shares tips that can help you decide.  Go to article 

 Playful Scaffolding 

Play "scaffolding" can help your child learn, solve problems and have fun. It means supporting your child just enough when they don't know what to do, while also letting them figure things out on their own.

This might include giving hints or asking questions to get them thinking. If your child can't find the right puzzle peice, for example, try hanging back. Rather than handing them the piece, you can say something like: "I'm looking for a puzzle piece with a straight edge." That way, your child needs to figure out what to do next.

Read more tips in this month's Power of Play article, Raise a Problem Solver: 3 Ways Play Can Help. Find free October printable play sheets here.
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