April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

Capturing Spring Puddle Jumping *great tips

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 Favorites

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It’s a Spring Printable Bonanza on the Playtime Press today! We are sharing two of favorite spring printables: April Memory Game and Garden Planting. Simply click the title or image to print. Find these April Memory Game favorites online: Bollie Ladybug Kickball Longfellow Duck Stuffed Animal Blossom Bright Kids’ Flip-Up Sunglasses Happy Giddy Kids’ Umbrella Decorate-Your-Own Cupcake Bank Felt [...]

16 Ways to Cure the “Cabin Fever Crazies”

16 Ways to Cure the CABIN FEVER CRAZIES

Feeling a little STIR CRAZY? Perhaps your kids have a touch of CABIN FEVER? We’ve got 16 ideas to help your family turn your WINTER DOLDRUMS into exciting FAMILY FUN! NEW Craft Kits from Melissa & Doug: CUT-CREASE-CREATE! When Cabin Fever sets in, parents are always looking for a fresh activity to entertain antsy little [...]

Improving Sibling Behaviors with Creative Play

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This blog post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. So my children DIDN’T end up magically loving to share their toys and spend every second together. Hmm… so strange! I thought I could escape the sibling rivalry phase! But no, like most baby/preschool sibling sets, once the [...]

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 [...]

From Melissa: Do YOUR Kids Play with Neighborhood Friends?

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Melissa shares her thoughts on the importance of outside play for kids: “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of lazy, carefree summer days spent playing outside with neighborhood friends. No one in my neighborhood had a nanny. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s FREE babysitter — and the only way she could [...]

Work It: 3 Labor Day Activities for Kids

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Each September, we celebrate the contributions of America’s workforce. Use Labor Day as an opportunity for your kids to learn from the adults around them about different occupations and the meaning of good work. 1) Take your child to work Introduce your child to your own workplace in the days surrounding Labor Day. Expose them [...]

61 “Summer Fun” Activities, Crafts, and Games for Kids!

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To help your family end the summer with a BANG, we’ve rounded up 61 activities from our Summer Fun Calendar full of ideas for Creative Play — Every Day. Why 61? We’re sharing 30 game, craft, and activity ideas from our June Calendar and 31 ideas from our July Calendar to give you 61 “Summer [...]

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Let’s step into the kitchen for hands-on fun & learning with your child.  Cooking with your child can be a memorable experience but you can also be encouraging your child to read at the same time!  Here a few tips [...]