Celebrate Summer with Outdoor Activities!

With summer vacation finally here, we’re sharing some favorite outdoor activities that will help your family celebrate summer! Whether you’re at the park, sandbox or shore, swimming pool or in the backyard, there are so many simple ways to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of those long, sunny days of summer. It’s easy to get started, so let’s celebrate summer . . . […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Plan a Family Picnic

Plan a family picnic, with tips from guest blogger Sara of Bitz & Giggles. Let’s be honest. When our husbands or kids ask us what we’d like for Mother’s Day, we often daydream about cuddling up in a chair with a good book, spending a day at the spa or heading to the beach to just soak […]

Playing House: Our Perfect Morning Routine

This pretend play morning is shared with us by our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures. I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to pretend to be me. They love the idea that “Mommy” does so many things they just aren’t quite old enough for and all of my kids (my toddler […]

Exploring Shapes with Preschoolers

These play activities exploring shapes are brought to us by our guest blogger Sheryl Cooper, of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. Recognizing shapes is one of the first steps in building math skills with preschoolers. As they explore shapes, they are understanding same and different. This is important because it will help them observe and compare everything […]

Building Sibling Relationships through Play

Every parent hopes that when child number two (or child number three, or child number . . . ) enters the family, the kids will be caring and kind to each other. We all want happy sibling relationships in our home. Yet, stressful moments between children can occur in any family, at any time. So, […]

Active Playtime – Simple Games for Kids

Sometimes kids get so full of energy that they’ll suddenly drop whatever they’re doing, to go run and jump around. That urge to get up and move can happen anywhere, and at any time. Whether you’re at home, on vacation, or around town, these simple games for kids from our Blog Ambassador Valerie of Inner Child […]