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Out of the Toy Box and Back to the Basics

I am so excited to partner with Jill Loftus, - MS, OTR/Registered Occupational for a week of Summer Camp for kids ages 3 - 6. Thank you, Jill, for kicking off our Spring Blog Series with this post!

Out of the Toy Box and Back to the Basics

Parents are always looking for what’s new and exciting in the world of toys. But sometimes the latest and greatest is not always the best. What if there was a class that provided your kids with simple, easy to find and cheap toys and tools that would promote their developmental skills. 

As a pediatric occupational therapist, I hear parents saying:

“My child holds his pencil like an octopus”

“My son just wants to play video games or be on his IPAD”

“My daughter has a difficult time creating simple craft projects”

“It seems like my child has two left feet”

Well, guess what?! The camp that Rebecca Kanov and I have created can solve this and many other questions and concerns parents are having regarding their children. We want to bring kids back to basics to build their foundational developmental skills!

Out of the Toy Box is a week-long camp that will allow children to develop creative thinking, gross motor, fine motor, sensory and social skills through play with everyday materials. We are using items, primarily from the dollar store that can create “box of fun” for every child.

For example, how many different activities can you create with a jump rope?

1. Walk across it

2. Jump over it, jump over it on the floor, tie it to chair legs and jump over an elevated level

3. Hang clothespins from it

4. Teach shoe tying with it

5. Make letters, numbers and shapes with it

Each day will promote a different developmental area including gross motor skills, fine motor development, eye hand coordination, sensory development, social skills and more! By the end of the week, your child will have a box filled with ideas for play! We are also including activity cards that show you 5 or more ways to use each item.

Where to find us this Summer……

Kidsense Pediatric Studio

June 17 - June 21: 12:30 - 2:30

TO Book:

Summer of Magic....

Sumer is upon us, y’all.

In Summer Camp world, it starts January 1st…. for reals. This is a little intense in my opinion, and really stressful to manage.

We, parents, experience the pressure of booking our kids activities WAY in advance, with the innate fear of having to entertain our children for consistent daylight hours.

Will our kids have a full experience? Will they remember how to read, or dress themselves come August? What will I do with my kids when I have to work, shower, grocery shop, or breathe? We go from zero to 60 in a blink. It’s all too much for me. And, I say that as someone who would rather my kids be with my all day, rather than at school.

Even when they are ungrateful monsters.

Summer for us = freedom. I love late nights, pool dinners, no plans. So this year, Arts & Minds is changing its tune.

We have DROP IN half and full day camps every day.

There is always movement. We will always do a creative arts project. We will always give.

This Summer, I am partnering with wonderful organizations in Denver: Hot Mamas Exercise - our daily partners and leaders of women’s fitness in Denver.

The Kid Conscious Project, Compost Colorado, Honest OT, Wendy Kelly Our neighbors Smith & Cannon, and Bumble Tea. Together, we are offering incredible programming for our children.

Through our partnerships we are connecting our littlest members of our community on an intentional level. And, to give your family holistic, creative offerings of support.

Coming UP this Spring and Summer

My goal through Arts & Minds is to give our children the platform to change the world.

Let’s make some magic this Summer.

Art, Art, and more Art

Wowza, what a fun start to Summer. We have created, planted, played, collaborated and learned. Arts & Minds Camps are a blast!

Off all the Camps I have planned for this Summer

I am most excited for ALL ABOUT ART WEEK June 26th – June 30th.

All About Art is exciting because of 3 reasons

  • Making a Mess: Sensory Play is necessary for kids and adults of ALL AGES. And messy art will do it! 

  • Making our Mark: We have the great opportunity to contribute to the Community Garden at the Denver Green School. We've already planted some lettuce and herbs, let's watch them grow, and make some edible Art.


  • Art Show: We'll have an Art Show for Families at all THREE locations on Friday June 30th. Stay tuned if your kiddo attends with details. 

We're teaching our children at Camp, its about the process not product. We (children and adults) are SO proud of ourselves when we create something new.  We want our littles to enjoy how it feels to create regardless of what the outcome is. My Counselors and I's goal is to support our littles through their own discovery and creation. At Arts & Minds, Art is explored through encouragement and reflection.

You may here your kiddo say, “My counselor told me she loves my color choice.” Rather than, “I drew a perfect yellow Sun.” If your kiddo wants to color the Sun Lime Green, that's just fine with us!

One of my family's favorite books is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt. In this book, “Black (crayon) wants to be used for more than just outlining!” We love the revolt again conformity and how this book celebrates creative expression. My kids don't necessarily say this, but they get the gist.

Children are intuitively creative, they have nothing but imagination. It is the MOST fun exploring this with them, because they really do come up with the coolest stuff. Bring it on little artists! 

Registration is still available at all three locations.

I can't wait to show y'all what we come up with....

xoxo, Rebecca 

Summer is so close, I can taste the candy.

The last week of school is upon us... 

Its bittersweet for some of us, scary as hell for some of us, and exciting for some of us.

I love no schedule, in theory.... I'm super busy running camps of my own this summer, so I have to schedule in the "No Schedule" 

Every Summer we do a "Summer Fun List" with my kids...

1. a whole day watching TV

-that's the only thing on the list so far. 

Am I screwed? Right now, I think I am - because they told me - they just want to watch TV and eat candy... ALL DAY. 

I'm nervous for the moment when they say "I'm bored, I want candy."

Why always candy??? Is it because I have scared them of rotting teeth and sugar, and they're teasing me? probably.... 


Full disclosure... I'm excited for the Summer!

I like having my kids around so much.  As much as I am "OUT AND ABOUT," I prefer to be home with my babies.  They're hilarious and adorable 90% of the time, so selfishly I want them with me. I want to hear their cuteness for the first time.

I like them with me at my camps (90% of the time). It's confusing when Mom = Teacher, ya know?! 

I especially enjoy them on lazy days snuggling watching TV. I'm more into coffee, than candy on those days, but who cares. 

What I am most excited for the moment, when I pick them up from an awesome day of camp (not mine) and they say - THAT WAS AWESOME!!! Because that 10% when they are NOT with me, I really want them to be doing something meaningful and worthwhile....

It also means, we all did our thang.

                                          NOT TOGETHER.

                                                         Had time to miss each other.

                                                              Then regrouped for dinner in the park, or whatever... Candy. 


Happy Mom = Happy Kids

When my kids are happy, I am happy.  

Who can't relate to that?

This Mother's Day, my children gave me adorable, thoughtful handmade gifts. 

  • Flower Pot "Because I love to plant flowers...." Even though i can't keep them alive for long, they remind me. 
  • Super Hero Picture "All Moms are Super Hero's, duh." My Super Power is MOMMY MAGIC!!!! 
  • Selfie of my 4 year old "We love to take selfies together in the Sun" 
  • "Breakfast of my dreams" in bed... There is sat, with my delicious eggs...and an apple, all by myself in my room. My kids were playing and laughing with my husband. How was I supposed to relax when I had major FOMO? 

I wanted to be playing and laughing, making breakfast! 

When my kids are laughing and creating memories, I don't want to miss that. 

AND, there are times when I do not want to be with my kids.

(Besides when I'm going to the bathroom, getting my hair colored, or shopping in a beautiful boutique).

Here's my NO List:

  • SCHOOL, for very long. Let their amazing teachers teach them. I will come to volunteer, eat lunch, see a talent show, and teach in their Enrichment Programs . But, the Kanov Kids do much better engaging with other adults when I am not around. 
  • ANY AMUSEMENT PARK. Yea, I can't do it. Disney is going to be a HUGE discussion. 
  • BIRTHDAY PARTIES. Unless I'm hosting, organizing and running it, or there's wine. Now that my babies are not babies, the party is for the kids more than the parents. I love catching up with my mom friends, but can't we drop off and go to a beautiful boutique? 

When I do want my little cuties around... Summer Camp!!!

Kanov Kids = SO EXCITED. Their friends are coming to my camps, they are witnessing the planning in action. We've got the Garden, organized the Yoga Mats. They can't wait. Our house is especially pumped for: 

Yoga in the Garden

Art Shows


Dance Performances


Registration is OPEN. Get in the mix before we sell out. Questions? You can always reach me.... 

Rebecca Kanov

646-369-6077 /