Letter Sounds Pictionary (plus printable!)

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This back to school lesson is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Do your kids need a few refreshers after a carefree summer? They’ll love getting back into the swing of things with this family favorite! Letter Sounds Pictionary is a great family time activity that sneaks in a bit of learning, which makes it [...]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

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This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks [...]

5 Easy Craft Ideas (Using Household Items!)

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If you crave parent-child activities that stretch minds and develop skills, but crafts just aren’t your thing, fear not! These low-maintenance ideas won’t break the bank or your sanity. 1) Hodgepodge Collage Just the thing when your child’s room is overrun with accumulated “stuff.” Begin with poster board, construction paper, or an easel paper pad, then collect [...]

Your July Summer Fun Calendar is Here!

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Summer’s not over yet! Among the “Back to School” chatter and shopping, we still think there’s plenty of fun to be had! In this week’s “Summer Fun” calendar, we gathered up some of our favorite posts from the blog, including some new play ideas, to help keep your kids active and learning this week! Here’s [...]

Have A Beach Day In Your Own Backyard

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Summer is synonymous with sun and sand and surf, but what if you live in one of the land locked states or can’t get to the shore as often as you’d like? Are you destined for a not so awesome summer? We think not. Creating a backyard beach experience is simple to do and doesn’t [...]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]

6 Summertime Activities for Kids

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We’re halfway through July, and interactive summer fun calendar is in full swing! This week, we’ve added six new summertime activities to help keep your kids occupied – and learning – all summer long. Here’s a quick overview of this week’s activities: -       Summer Math Activities (with counting printable) -       How to Turn Lunch into [...]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

How to Build a Recycled Box City

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This recycled box city craft is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. Does your child love cars, parking garages, crafts, and cardboard? If your answer is yes, than consider spending time together on a cozy afternoon to build a Recycled Box City! We created our Recycled Box [...]