DIY Cruise Ship Portholes

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. For many families March brings a desire to getaway, perhaps a tropical vacation. I may not be heading on a family cruise, like EverythingMom Michelle’s Disney Dream inaugural launch, but I can try to recreate Disney’s interactive portholes with this personal porthole [...]

Melissa & Doug’s Parents’ Corner: On Tantrums

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This weekend, we asked our Facebook friends if they thought it was possible to avoid a temper tantrum, and if so, how?! Ideas poured in! If you would like to add in your thoughts, just send us a note in the comment section. **From our fan Linda R.: Try not to take kids into a store [...]

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play!

This post is from Erin of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Many parents think of teaching their preschoolers math and immediately start [...]

5 Non-Technology Ways to Spend a Snow Day

As beautiful as the snow is, at some point, the kids decide that they’ve had enough of being cooped up inside. With the winter storms that have hit much of the country, kids all over are antsy to work off energy, and parents are anxious to find a distraction for them. TV often becomes the [...]

Celebrate President’s Day with a Free Printable!

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Celebrate President’s Day with some spelling f-u-n! Finish the name of the President featured on each of the bills below. The answers are below if you get stuck! Click here to print the President’s Day Free Printable!

Play Prompts: Play Dough Creation Station!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This play dough creation station is super easy to set up and provides so many different play possibilities! The Setup: I wanted a truly open-ended playful invitation that could inspire my son in a multitude of ways. To create this play prompt, [...]

4 Ways Kids Can Show Love

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Saying the words “I love you” is important and something our kids learn early in life. Yet love can be expressed in our actions too.  Here are four ways kids can show love toward others: Saying Thank You After holidays and birthdays thank [...]

Free Valentine’s Day Fortune Finder from Melissa & Doug!

This Valentine’s Day Fortune Finder is a fun activity for the entire family! Just print, color, cut (with child-safe scissors!), and follow the instructions to find your fortune!

Why Pretend Play Is So Important

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This post is from Emily of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Children who are on the autism spectrum, like my son, have a harder [...]