Tips & Printables to Keep Kids READING over the Summer

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 While summer time might mean you get a break from being a nightly “homework helper” for the next few months, as parents it’s important to still have your kids read and write over the summer. Summer reading loss is real. Don’t let your kids slip backward in their skills — There’s lots of EASY ways [...]

Tips for Adding Another Language to your Summer Games

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This summer language study post is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Summertime is a great time to learn something new with children!  Learning a new language is a fun element to add to your summer play.  Spanish, French, and Mandarin are in many preschool curriculums but are not as [...]

Four Activities to Start the Summer Season – Indoors or Out!

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The first day of summer is Friday, June 21. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these ideas are creative memory-makers for the whole family – or the whole neighborhood!    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are all you need to create a hopscotch court. [...]

Kickball Keep-Away

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This Summer Fun kickball game is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Summertime often means more time spent outdoors! With so much extra time to spend outside, it’s great to have an array of games to choose from. One of my family’s favorites combines soccer with a game of keep-away and a whole lot of [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

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June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The [...]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

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This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying Family [...]

Week 2 of Your Summer Calendar is Here!

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Every Monday as part of our “My Summer Calendar” blog series, we’re unveiling a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. You can download and print this week’s interactive calendar here, or by clicking the image below. To learn more about the series, and get links [...]

Build & Play Obstacle Course

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Getting outside and having fun with your kids is not always as easy as it sounds. We aren’t quite done the school year and my son is starting to burn out. When he gets home from school he usually needs some downtime to recharge but sometimes that downtime turns into a whole bunch of screen [...]

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 [...]