3 Back-to-School Tips Every Parent Should Know (+ FREE Morning Checklist Printable)

This free back-to-school printable and these parenting tips will help ensure your family enjoys smooth mornings. This article is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Getting into a smooth morning routine in the fall (or honestly–any time of year) can be challenging. Transitions throughout the […]

Animal World Games Course for Preschoolers

The World Games have begun and we love watching them here in our home. So many of the sports that are played in the world games can be adapted for preschoolers to play. My daughter loves animals, so I thought it would be fun to combine her love of animals with the world games this year. […]

Sand Casting – Capture Beach Memories with Kids

A family trip to the beach is a prime moment for enjoying and gathering family memories. There are shells to collect, sand castles to build, beach walks to take, sunsets to soak in. At the end of the day, when the kids are wave-worn and beach-sandy, you know you’ll want to savor these moments forever. Here are three ways […]

Awesome Backyard Olympics Ideas for Kids

I have always loved watching the Summer Olympics. As a little kid I would glue myself to the TV watching gymnastics and cheering on my favorite athletes. Now as a mom I love to find ways to share Olympics fun with my own kids through simple games. Today I am sharing four more simple Olympics themed activities that […]

Gifts Kids Can Make: Stained Glass Solar Lights

There’s just something about a handmade gift that speaks straight to the heart. Don’t believe me? Give one to your Grandma and watch her entire face light up the room. From the joy a child gets making something they can feel proud of to the extra special way you make someone feel knowing you spent […]

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 […]

Melissa’s Playbook: 77 Ways to Play Outside This Summer

This is part of a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood. . Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.” — excerpted from “The Door,” […]

Patriotic Craft for Kids: Super-Simple American Flag Wind Spinners

These super-simple American flag wind spinners, made with a paper plate, are the perfect patriotic craft for kids of all ages. The holiday weekend is upon us! Have the kids celebrate and honor our country (and the people who’ve served it) with this American flag craft project. Get them involved by creating and decorating the yard with these easy patriotic wind spinners. […]

Create an Outdoor Game Spot

When the weather warms up and the kids want to get outside, we haul the toys out of the basement (or wherever we stored them last winter) and let them play! We have a small yard and driveway, so I try to create “zones” where they can play various games. We already have a sandbox zone, […]