April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and […]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Two

This spring printable is perfect for your little birdy! Have your child count the birds in the scene, then write their answer in the box below. Click here or on the picture below to print this free Counting Fun! Spring Printable. Use your favorite colors to bring life to this lovely springtime scene! Extend the […]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

This free printable fun page is from you friends at Melissa & Doug. Melissa & Doug’s Spring Printable FUN continues with this Hidden Picture page. We’ve even mixed a bit of letter recognition play to the “mystery” of our hidden picture activity – for a little “hidden” learning! Color the spaces according to our directions to reveal a surprise picture! Add some […]

Easter Bunny Maze Printable!

This Easter Bunny Maze printable is a great Spring activity! Simply click here to print the maze for your child. What a terrific chance for some colorful creativity! Allow children to use a variety of crayons so they can alternate the colors and textures in their line through this bunny maze printable. There are so many a-maze-ing possibilities for […]

Crafty Instruments

Music provides many benefits for children. Not only does it increase academic achievement by stimulating the same parts of the brain responsible for language, math, and social-emotional development, but it can improve memory and confidence. Giving children a musical edge doesn’t have to become a financial burden. To accompany a collection of high quality wooden […]

TeachMama’s Top 5 Toy Picks from Toy Fair 2014

This Toy Fair 2014 recap post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Melissa & Doug unveiled a ton of really awesome new products this year at Toy Fair. Check out our behind-the scenes look at Toy Fair, 2014: Like many of their classic toys, a number of […]

Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But […]

Play Prompts: Play Dough Creation Station!

This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This play dough creation station is super easy to set up and provides so many different play possibilities! The Setup: I wanted a truly open-ended playful invitation that could inspire my son in a multitude of ways. To create this play prompt, […]

4 Ways Kids Can Show Love

This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Saying the words “I love you” is important and something our kids learn early in life. Yet love can be expressed in our actions too.  Here are four ways kids can show love toward others: Saying Thank You After holidays and birthdays thank […]