So Easy It’s Spooky! Halloween Snacks For Kids.

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     As a blogger people usually expect me to make over the top holiday treats, birthday parties , and other celebrations. Nope. I am pretty chill [...]

Trick or Treat – Alternatives for Kids

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Halloween is traditionally a time for sweets, sweets, and more sweets, but who says kids must eat candy from dawn till dusk just because that’s how it’s always been done? This year, though my kids will certainly have their fair share of sweets (we are a sweet-tooth family after all), I’m really trying hard to [...]

Storytelling with Stamp-A-Scene

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Here’s a simple storytelling activity you can try with even very young children who may be too young to write on their own. Melissa & Doug’s Stamp-A-Scene sets can [...]

5 (Actually 10) Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall

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Whether it’s ol’ fashioned leaf rubbings you’re looking for, or you want a “smelly” project that captures the spicy scents of fall, it’s all here in our fall round-up. “Something old. Something new. Something egg-washed. Something glued.” OK, so that’s probably not much help to a bride, but if you’re a parent or teacher wanting [...]

Stacy Shares: Take Dress-Up Up A Notch!

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I have a confession to make … we aren’t huge Halloween people. We don’t eat lots of sugar (no white sugar at all actually), or take candy from strangers! Just kidding — we do trick or treat, but when we get home we give it all back out to cute kids in costume who knock [...]

Fantastic Facts About Your Favorite Fall Foods

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Autumn isn’t called the harvest season for nothing.  If you’re looking to sneak-in a little nutritional learning with your child this season, here are a few “Fantastic Facts” about some of the most popular Fall foods. Apples Nothing says autumn like a crisp juicy apple. From apple picking to apple cider to bobbing for apples, [...]

Fall Matching Activity for Kids (Printable)

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Looking for a little Autumn-themed fun (that sneaks in a little learning, too)? Then enjoy this printable activity with your child that celebrates this fabulous Fall season. Click to download this Fall matching printable, then ask your child to identify the two leaves that match! Other ways to enjoy this printable are: Ask your child [...]

Preparing Your Kids for Halloween with Pretend Play

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Our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen, has been busy preparing her kids for Halloween using lots of pretend play to practice good manners, proper trick-or-treating etiquette, and important safety tips. Check out her recent post on her blog, Inner Child Fun, for some simple ways you can help prepare your kids for Halloween with plenty of [...]

How to Get Kids Excited About Homework

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This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It School’s back in session, which means homework is starting to come home and become a part of our daily afternoon. Here are a few tips to get your child excited about homework, rather than viewing it as a challenge. 1) [...]