7 Ways to Spend More Time as a Family…Unplugged

Family game night ideas from guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. With summer behind us and school in full swing, practices, recitals, and everything else happening in our day-to-day lives can make it challenging to spend time together as a family. It is especially difficult with all the TV’s, tablets, smart phones, and other electronics that […]

3 Ways to Foster Creativity through Boredom

Melissa shares her views on why it’s not only important – but necessary – to let your kids be BORED! “Parents sometimes think that hearing their child say, ‘I’m bored’ is a sign they haven’t tried hard enough to keep their child busy or entertained. But the truth is that when children are BORED, they have the […]

Create a Pirate Craft for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19, and we thought it would be fun to share a pirate themed craft to celebrate! ARRRRR you ready? We created our pirate ship and pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely known as popsicle sticks), construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers. We glued […]

5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

 This post is provided by guest contributor Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life.  As we have begun homeschooling our children this year, I have learned in my research of the importance of storytelling. Until the days of “Beowulf” and the “Odyssey,” stories weren’t written down like they are in modern times. Storytelling was used to communicate, […]

10+ Painting Crafts for Kids

If you’re more of a Neat Nancy than a Messy Mary, then now is the perfect time to try a painting project — You can use the still-warm weather to speed up your dry time and take advantage of a natural grass “drop cloth” and a garden hose to make clean-up quick and easy. Check […]

6 Easy Activity Bags for Instant Entertainment (and Learning!)

This arts & crafts tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. I’m going to be teaching home preschool with my son this fall. With our baby being one year old, I know there will be lots of interruptions. So I’ve already got my back pocket full with these colorful activity bag ideas. […]

Classic Toys & Simplistic Play

From our special guest blogger Marnie (Carrots are Orange): “I have a challenge for you: Choose one of these classic items – activity cones, blocks, drawing pad or pattern blocks. Leave it in a room where your child may discover the materials on his own. Remove any distraction (e.g. other toys, tv, books, etc) and simply observe. See what happens when your child […]

Playtime Tips for Building Self Awareness

These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Where am I in space?”  “What is my body doing right now?” Those are probably not questions that you ask yourself very often. It is very important, however, that all of us have an awareness of where our […]

6 Grandparents Day Activities for Kids (Plus 2 Printables!)

Grandparents are a national treasure, so we’re bringing you a bundle of ways for your family to celebrate Grandparents Day! For today’s multi-generational families, Grandparents Day can mean more than a card or a phone call. So if your children’s grandparents are nearby – maybe even under the same roof – the ideas below can […]