Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

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This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks [...]

Your July Summer Fun Calendar is Here!

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Summer’s not over yet! Among the “Back to School” chatter and shopping, we still think there’s plenty of fun to be had! In this week’s “Summer Fun” calendar, we gathered up some of our favorite posts from the blog, including some new play ideas, to help keep your kids active and learning this week! Here’s [...]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]

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 [...]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

Making “Required” Math Easy

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Our family game closet is chock-full and diverse. We’ve got board games, DVD games, interactive games, dice, spinners, cards, pegs… You name it, we’ve likely got it. Each of us certainly has their favorite, but there’s one game that gets considerably more use than all the others. Sometimes simple is best. Our family loves the [...]

5 Art Appreciation Lessons for Summer Learning

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This summer learning art lesson is provided by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. When school is out for the summer, it becomes the perfect opportunity for children to continue learning within the walls of their own home! While your child may have had lessons on various topics during the school year, art is one subject that [...]

30 “Summer Fun” Activities, Games & Printables for Kids: June Round-Up

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It’s hard to believe that there’s just one week left until the end of June! With school winding down, and summer fun ramping-up, we know that having your full brood at home can sometimes be a handful. That’s why we created our “My Summer Calendar” blog series: Every week in June and July, we’re unveiling [...]

An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

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This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, [...]