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 [...]

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 [...]

Inspirational Art Activity: Paint & Play Like Monet!

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Sneak in a little summertime learning with this “Celebrity for a Day” art activity! Your child will learn some fascinating facts about the famous artist, Monet, and enjoy creating their own masterpieces as well.  Begin your Monet holiday with a kid-friendly book about the famous French Impressionist painter. For extra giggles, consider using a faux-French [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

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June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The [...]

Where did February 29th go? (4 “extra day” creative play tips)

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Just because 2013 isn’t a Leap Year doesn’t mean you can’t share some “Extra Day” fun with your child! Use this as an opportunity to sneak in a little learning about the calendar cycle; with some math, storytelling, and pattern-recognition lessons along the way. Here are our 4 creative play tips: Before you play, share [...]

How to Make Watercolor Chinese Lanterns

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This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). Chinese New Year is right around the corner (officially begins on Sunday, February 10th) and what better way to celebrate than by making some beautiful homemade Chinese Lanterns?  Lanterns are a popular symbol throughout the Chinese New Year celebration; the end of which is marked by [...]

“We’re Going On an Indoor “Bug Safari!” (Creative Play Activity for Kids)

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This blog post is written by our special guest contributor, Sarah from Zoe’s Lunchbox! When the days are cold and dreary, any new adventure we can have inside – where it’s warm and snug – is welcome. Often, we try to adapt things we would normally do outside into indoor activities. One of those things is [...]

Hanukkah Craft For Toddlers (and older kids too)

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Get your littlest friends excited about Hanukkah by making a pretty Star of David painting. Making specific shapes can be tricky for toddlers, but this craft makes it [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Block Play in a Winter Wonderland

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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 It seems as though my kids can never get enough block play. Whether it’s experimenting with our favorite Melissa & Doug unit block set, or creating their own pretend [...]