3 Back-to-School Tips Every Parent Should Know (+ FREE Morning Checklist Printable)

This free back-to-school printable and these parenting tips will help ensure your family enjoys smooth mornings. This article is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Getting into a smooth morning routine in the fall (or honestly–any time of year) can be challenging. Transitions throughout the […]

Melissa’s Playbook: Why Boredom Isn’t a Bad Word

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. Boredom has been my greatest gift. Sounds funny to say it, but it’s the honest truth. However, if I am to be totally transparent, it […]

Sand Casting – Capture Beach Memories with Kids

A family trip to the beach is a prime moment for enjoying and gathering family memories. There are shells to collect, sand castles to build, beach walks to take, sunsets to soak in. At the end of the day, when the kids are wave-worn and beach-sandy, you know you’ll want to savor these moments forever. Here are three ways […]

Traveling With Kids: Enjoy Afternoons Doing Absolutely “Nothing”

This unique approach to family vacations might make your next trip more memorable. Today our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon shares the latest post in our Traveling With Kids: Trips and Tips series. When creating your family’s vacation itinerary, I urge you to add a bit of “nothing” to your plans. This summer our family took a vacation in Bayfield, Wisconsin […]

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 […]

Gifts Kids Can Make: Stained Glass Solar Lights

There’s just something about a handmade gift that speaks straight to the heart. Don’t believe me? Give one to your Grandma and watch her entire face light up the room. From the joy a child gets making something they can feel proud of to the extra special way you make someone feel knowing you spent […]

Capturing Childhood: How to Get AWESOME Water Photos of the Kids!

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new photography skills. Even novice photographers can learn how to capture awesome water action photography with a few simple tricks. This post as part of the Capturing Childhood photography initiative. Click here to see more posts from this series! . . . Join our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, over at […]

DIY Summer Memories Box

Summer is about hunting for shells on the beach, savouring popsicles with friends, and travels with the family. Saving these special mementos, like a perfect shell or ticket to your favourite summer movie, keeps the fun-filled summer moments alive. Countdown the days to summer fun by encouraging the kids to make their own Summer Memories Box. […]

Melissa’s Playbook: 77 Ways to Play Outside This Summer

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. . Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.” — excerpted from “The Door,” […]