Teach Safety, Skills, & Games — All with Activity Cones

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We continue our summer safety series with 3 ways to use Activity Cones to teach kids to STOP and be aware of their surroundings. Plus, get 4 tips for using Activity Cones to teach “Summer Fun” skills & games! Everybody loves CONES in the summer. But these cones aren’t the ones delivered BY your neighborhood ice-cream truck — They’re [...]

Summer Fun Calendar Kickoff

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Let the Summer Fun begin! Welcome to the Melissa & Doug “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday, right here on our blog, we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long.  We encourage you to print the calendar and keep it in a [...]

Summertime Kick-Off: 6 Outdoor Games & Activities

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Summer’s almost here. Finally! And while long summer days are welcome sight, with the kids off school, that means more planning on your part to keep them entertained and enthralled for the next several months. “Summer Fun” calendar to the rescue! Every Monday (starting June 3) we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, [...]

Colors of Nature Color Hunt

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This “Colors of Nature” post is provided by Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Each season has unique attributes and opportunities.  One of the ways we have studied different seasons is by going on a hunt to find colors in nature. This simple activity will have your children looking closely at the details, and they are sure to notice [...]

6 Springtime Gardening Ideas for Families

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It’s official — Spring has sprung! It’s time for your little budding gardeners to get their fingers GOOD-n-DIRTY. We’ve hand-picked a fresh crop of family gardening projects just for you! * * * Kid-Made Plant Markers Rainy day? There’s still plenty of gardening fun to be had! Stay in and stay dry while making custom [...]

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids

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These sidewalk games are provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. Looking for a fun outdoor activity?  Sidewalk games are a classic (no cost!) activity all kids can enjoy on their own, or with friends! Here are 7 sidewalk games that you can play virtually anywhere. Items to gather: Colorful activity cones (also [...]

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

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Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s [...]

5 Flower Facts for Kids

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For a little light learning this weekend, share these fun flower facts with your kids and tell us: what does your family love most about exploring the great outdoors? * * * “April showers bring May flowers, That is what they say. But if all the showers turned to flowers, We’d have quite a colorful [...]

Gardening with Kids: Kid-Made Plant Markers

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This “gardening with kids” craft is written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Spring is here, and like many others, my family is turning our attention towards the garden. We’ve started planning and preparing, and we’ve even done a little creating! These bright and cheery plant markers are a great way to get your [...]