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 [...]

Spending 1:1 Time with Dad for Father’s Day

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In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected. For dads [...]

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 [...]

How to Keep a Routine in Summer

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Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for keeping kids structured during the summer. Although summer is usually thought of as a time to run barefoot and fancy free, a summer without structure for some children, especially the special needs child, may be very difficult for both [...]

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, [...]