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 […]

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,” […]

How to host a bike rodeo

May was National Bike Month, an opportunity to celebrate all the reasons we ride. And bike rodeos aren’t just a fun way to celebrate bike month, they are also a great way to help kids practice simple techniques and safety habits that will help them each time they ride!

 A bike rodeo is simple to […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

15 Rainy Day Activities for Kids — Playful Ideas for Brightening Dreary Days!

This collection of rainy day activities for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. The sky is cloudy and gray, the rain is coming down and the kids are (as always!) bursting with spring energy. Take a moment to pause, look […]

Outdoor Sensory Activities

Outdoor sensory tips from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Spring is here and it is a perfect time to get outside with your child and have some fun! When heading outdoors there are many sensory filled sights, sounds and textures to explore together. For some children, these sensory experiences may be difficult. […]

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Our home is a revolving door of handmade decor – sometimes from my own crafty trials and sometimes from the kids. I love when the kids artwork adorns our walls and fridge. Sometimes I string smaller pieces (like traced and cut handprints or mittens) and swag them across a doorway. This week, the boys and I […]