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3 Back-to-School Tips Every Parent Should Know (+ FREE Morning Checklist Printable)

This free back-to-school printable and these parenting tips will help ensure your family enjoys smooth mornings. This article is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Getting into a smooth morning routine in the fall (or honestly–any time of year) can be challenging. Transitions throughout the […]

Create an Adventure Flip-Flap Book

Have you ever heard a kid telling a story. One they are making up on the spot as they go? My boys love to make up stories. They start like this: “Once upon ago…” (I just love this mashup of “Once upon a time” and “Long, long ago”). Inevitably, while the story may begin with […]

Melissa’s Playbook: Why Boredom Isn’t a Bad Word

This is part of a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood. Boredom has been my greatest gift. Sounds funny to say it, but it’s the honest truth. However, if I am to be totally transparent, it […]

Animal World Games Course for Preschoolers

The World Games have begun and we love watching them here in our home. So many of the sports that are played in the world games can be adapted for preschoolers to play. My daughter loves animals, so I thought it would be fun to combine her love of animals with the world games this year. […]

Sand Casting – Capture Beach Memories with Kids

A family trip to the beach is a prime moment for enjoying and gathering family memories. There are shells to collect, sand castles to build, beach walks to take, sunsets to soak in. At the end of the day, when the kids are wave-worn and beach-sandy, you know you’ll want to savor these moments forever. Here are three ways […]

Hands-On Counting Activity

I’m a firm believer that children learn best when they are actively involved. One of my favorite quotes is from one of my favorite early childhood educators, Bev Bos. “If it hasn’t been in the hand, the body and the heart, it can’t be in the brain.” And so, whenever I put together an activity, […]

Traveling With Kids: Enjoy Afternoons Doing Absolutely “Nothing”

This unique approach to family vacations might make your next trip more memorable. Today our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon shares the latest post in our Traveling With Kids: Trips and Tips series. When creating your family’s vacation itinerary, I urge you to add a bit of “nothing” to your plans. This summer our family took a vacation in Bayfield, Wisconsin […]

Melissa’s Playbook: The Power of Free Play – and Why I Believe in It

This is part of a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood.   Play leads to brain plasticity, adaptability, and creativity. Nothing fires up the brain like play. —Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play […]

Backyard Summer Fun: Back To Basics

Get into backyard summer fun with guest blogger Samantha Sendor of Lady And The Blog. Each and every day with my toddler is quite an adventure. My Penelope is ever so curious, absorbing information at every turn, and making sense of the world around her. Sometimes I can’t help but reflect on my own childhood and compare the […]