Patriotic Craft for Kids: Super-Simple American Flag Wind Spinners

These super-simple American flag wind spinners, made with a paper plate, are the perfect patriotic craft for kids of all ages. The holiday weekend is upon us! Have the kids celebrate and honor our country (and the people who’ve served it) with this American flag craft project. Get them involved by creating and decorating the yard with these easy patriotic wind spinners. […]

Your Turn to Share: Self-Regulation Skills

Here’s a simple way to help kids with taking turns and sharing, from our Blog Ambassador Carrie Anne of EverythingMom. When your child finds a toy she loves to use it can be hard to give it up and share, especially when there’s only one version of it available. This can often lead to us as parents stepping […]

4 Activity Tips for Family Road Trips

When I was little, we took family road trips every summer across half the nation. My mom had the genius idea to pack a bag full of car activities which she would dole out every few hours. Once we crossed the state line, a pile of comic books, puzzle pads, or small games would magically […]

Melissa’s Playbook: The Power of Free Play – and Why I Believe in It

This is the first in 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 […]

Bright and Cheerful Springtime Garden Crafts For Kids

There’s just something magical about gardening with your kids. Planting seeds, nurturing new life, digging your fingers in the soil and creating food you can feed your family. The cherry tomatoes we grow hardly ever make it in the house! To keep the magic alive in our small backyard garden, we try to interject as […]

Create an Outdoor Game Spot

When the weather warms up and the kids want to get outside, we haul the toys out of the basement (or wherever we stored them last winter) and let them play! We have a small yard and driveway, so I try to create “zones” where they can play various games. We already have a sandbox zone, […]

3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Social Skills Developed from Tea Drinking

When our kids are babies we willingly take on the role of care provider, doing everything for them. Sometimes this role is harder for us than our kids to shake. We need to provide our kids with opportunities to learn and accomplish life skills, like tying their shoes or telling time. Building confidence is another […]

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 kids’ games from our Blog Ambassador Valerie of Inner Child […]