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. […]

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 […]

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 […]