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Patriotic Craft for Kids: Super-Simple American Flag Wind Spinners

These super-simple American flag wind spinners, made with a paper plate, are the perfect patriotic craft for kids of all ages. The holiday weekend is upon us! Have the kids celebrate and honor our country (and the people who’ve served it) with this American flag craft project. Get them involved by creating and decorating the yard with these easy patriotic wind spinners. […]

Your Turn to Share: Self-Regulation Skills

Here’s a simple way to help kids with taking turns and sharing, from our Blog Ambassador Carrie Anne of EverythingMom. When your child finds a toy she loves to use it can be hard to give it up and share, especially when there’s only one version of it available. This can often lead to us as parents stepping […]

4 Activity Tips for Family Road Trips

When I was little, we took family road trips every summer across half the nation. My mom had the genius idea to pack a bag full of car activities which she would dole out every few hours. Once we crossed the state line, a pile of comic books, puzzle pads, or small games would magically […]

Sand Play On the Go: A Portable Sandbox for Kids

What’s a portable sandbox? Guest blogger Sarah Noftle of How Wee Learn knows. I love having my little ones in the veggie garden with me. Except for when I don’t love having them in the veggie garden with me. When I am getting the garden ready I don’t mind one little bit moving ten times slower, having holes […]

5 Simple Tips for the Perfect Backyard Family BBQ

Our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures is unpacking 5 simple tips for the perfect backyard family BBQ. With the weather getting warmer, kids are naturally drawn to playing outside more. They want to live outside morning, day and night, which means it is the perfect time to get outside and plan the perfect backyard family BBQ. Now […]

Counting Activities for Preschoolers

These colorful counting activities for preschoolers are shared with us by guest blogger Angela Thayer of TeachingMama.org. Teaching children to count is foundational for learning math. The best way to teach little ones is through play and hands-on counting activities. When I saw this counting caterpillar toy, I knew it was a perfect tool for […]

Learn How to Count with Animals

Looking for a simple and fun math activity for toddlers and preschoolers? Learn how to count with animals! Young children learn best with hands-on activities. This is why we love to use toys as learning tools in our classroom, such as when we sorted shapes. We search for high quality toys with removable pieces that fit nicely in […]

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

This is the first in 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 […]

Puzzle Free Play: Sensory Play and a Scavenger Hunt!

Puzzle free play activities from guest blogger Jamie of Hands On As We Grow! Puzzles are an amazing toy for kids of all ages. We absolutely love doing puzzles in our house, from super simple puzzles to 500-1000 piece puzzles with my 8 year old. What I love about the simple puzzles from Melissa & Doug […]