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 […]

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 […]

Learn How to Count with Animals

Looking for a simple and fun math activity for toddlers and preschoolers? Learn how to count with animals! Young children learn best with hands-on activities. This is why we love to use toys as learning tools in our classroom, such as when we sorted shapes. We search for high quality toys with removable pieces that fit nicely in […]

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 […]

Beautiful Crafts Using Heart Shapes

These amazing heart shape keepsakes were crafted and shared with us by special guest blogger Dena Ann Adams. This pretty heart shape trinket box was so fun to make it felt like a present to myself. I love this kit as-is, and I think it’s great – but did you know you can also go […]

Try the Family Game Suspend & You’ll Be Hooked

If you take the game Suspend to a local coffee shop you’ll inevitably have people stop and ask you, “What are you playing?” The family game comes with twenty-four notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sounds easy, right? Try adding another piece and then another. Each time a bar is added, the balance […]

How to Throw a Costume Party Play Date!

These tips for hosting a kids’ costume party come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! I love planning and throwing themed parties and play dates! I simply cannot resist a good theme (like a Knight’s Birthday Party or my son’s Farm & Tractor Birthday Party!). And I can’t wait for birthdays to come around each […]

A Birthday Quest: A Tale of Knightly Deeds

Make a lasting impression on children with this creative way to teach kindness, from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! When my toddler son requested a Knight in Shining Armor birthday party for this third birthday, I wanted to make it special for him, of course, … but more than that, I wanted to make the memory […]

Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

This post about transitioning into the school year is contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time […]