Nutritious choices for the lunch line

At the beginning of last year’s school year I was the Queen of Packed Lunches. My kindergartener would skip off to school each day with nutritious and varied treats in her bag each day. And then winter came. Cold and flu season rocked our world. I was exhausted, we were stressed, and lunches became a […]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from Happy Strong Home. I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how we’ve gotten […]

Letter Sounds Pictionary (plus printable!)

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 […]

6 Playful Printables to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School

As you cling to the last fleeting days of summer, somewhere in the back of your mind you know that the first day of school is just around the corner. It’s time to start moving up your kids’ bedtimes, getting those backpacks out of storage, and — yes {sigh} — practicing some school-related skills. We’ve […]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

This cool and creative, get kids excited about school smarty pants 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 […]

5 Easy Craft Ideas (Using Household Items!)

If you crave parent-child activities that stretch minds and develop skills, but crafts just aren’t your thing, fear not! These low-maintenance easy craft ideas won’t break the bank or your sanity. Are you ready to jump into creativity with some easy craft ideas? Well, let’s go! 1) Hodgepodge Collage Just the thing when your child’s room […]

Your July Summer Fun Calendar is Here!

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

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 cost much […]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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 being […]