Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe

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This Alphabet Soup post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The cold weather has officially moved into the Midwest over the past couple weeks. The kids have been outside playing in the snow already and I’ve been dreaming of all of the wonderful [...]

23 STEM Based Play Ideas

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This STEM Play post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Encouraging the kids to get creative and delve into the world of imaginary play is an important part of childhood but the science and technology side of things is also key. I think that’s why I love the growth of the whole STEM Play movement. [...]

Encouraging Early Reading Skills with Toddlers

This early reading skills post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Many people know how important reading skills are for preschoolers and school age children. There have been many studies that point to the fact that children who are read to more frequently at home are more likely [...]

The 2014 Holiday Favorites Gift Guide Has Arrived!

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Crafts, puzzles and classic toys – oh my! Looking for inspiration for that “perfect” holiday gift? Check out our new Holiday Favorites Gift Guide, an interactive catalog that features the top holiday gifts for kids this holiday season! Our Holiday Favorites Gift Guide contains everything you need for those cherished kids on your list, and features our very [...]

Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

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This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the [...]

5 (Actually 8) Fall Games, Activities, & Experiments

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For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on [...]

4 Early Math Concepts Using Puzzles

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This Early Math Concepts post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. I’ve shared my love of puzzles with my own kids, including four tricks to help them transition into larger puzzle formats. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo Numbers Chunky Puzzle is a great starter puzzle for kids but you can also use it to help your [...]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

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This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

Encouraging Little Authors with Book-Making Activities

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This bookmaking post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Before a child learns to write or read, they are read to. Children with favorite books likely recognize favorite characters and series at a glance. This recognition, or “reading,” of text characteristics is the very seed of literacy! What better way [...]