Super Simple Mardi Gras Pancakes {and tips for kids in the kitchen}

mardi gras pancakes for kids

I am not a food blogger. I may know a lot about early education, but when it comes to cooking I am mediocre at best. One thing I adore is to cook with my three-year old and the feeling is mutual. Mardi Gras is coming up and even though we don’t celebrate it extensively we [...]

String Art Heart – Crafts for Tweens

string art heart for children valentine's day

I love crafting but my kids are still small so most of the crafts we make are simple and open ended. I miss more detailed tricky crafts and I am excited to share a craft aimed at tweens for Valentine’s day. This looks hard but it’s not hard, it just requires patience and more developed [...]

Top Toy Picks For Baby’s First Christmas

top 5 toys for baby's 1st Christmas

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Babies change so quickly and when you are picking out Christmas gifts for them you want to balance toys they can use right now and [...]

Easiest Ever Handprint Turkey

closed card

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Thanksgiving is all about saying thank you and I love to make homemade cards with my children. This card takes minute to make but is [...]

So Easy It’s Spooky! Halloween Snacks For Kids.

easy-halloween-snacks-for-kids

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     As a blogger people usually expect me to make over the top holiday treats, birthday parties , and other celebrations. Nope. I am pretty chill [...]

Tell A Story With Toys

puzzle story telling pieces

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Early literacy isn’t only about reading books and learning letter sounds. Many of the foundations for good reading and writing include things you can do [...]

Work Through Worries with Play School

Pretend play school circle time

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come [...]

Turn Lunch Time Into Learning Time

lunch time learning

This lunch time learning play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Now that it’s summer one of my favorite parts of the day is lunch when my kids and I can (usually) all come [...]

Build & Play Obstacle Course

build and play

Getting outside and having fun with your kids is not always as easy as it sounds. We aren’t quite done the school year and my son is starting to burn out. When he gets home from school he usually needs some downtime to recharge but sometimes that downtime turns into a whole bunch of screen [...]