Teaching Storytelling Skills: 3 Story Starters (Plus Printable!)

Sometimes, a simple story prompt is all you need to inspire hours of creative, imaginative play with your child. Whether you’re telling silly stories, or recapping a past event, the art of telling a good story is one every child should practice as they continue to develop their reading and writing skills. This Story Starters […]

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles

Does your child love to play with puzzles? Share these fun facts as a family! The first jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 when John Spilsbury, an English cartographer, chopped up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public to reassemble it. He called it a “dissected puzzle.” Jigsaw puzzles got their name because […]

4 Activities to Teach Summer Safety

This Summer Safety post is provided by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. Summer is a great time for kids and adults alike to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather! But along with warm weather comes the inevitable  increase in traffic and construction. Kids who love to explore need to know how to be safe in […]

Back to Basics: Using an Abacus to Teach Patterns

Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares ways you can use your abacus to teach patterns. One item we use in our homeschool a lot is an abacus: We’ve been using it to practice counting and skip counting since our children were toddlers.  Just recently, we also began […]

Mother’s Day Gifts from A to Z

Something to WEAR? Something to DO? Something to READ? We’ve got it all. From bright and flowery to subtle and secret. We’ve got a range of gift ideas that’ll make Mom say everything from “Ahhhhh…” to “ZOWIE!” this Mother’s Day. * * * Beaded Necklaces for Mom               Need […]

Mom to Mom Tips: 7 Ways to Prep for Baby # 2 (or 3, or 4!)

To help celebrate Mother’s Day this week, we’ve been asking you to share your favorite “Mommy Moments” on our Facebook page.  One exciting (but sometimes scary) moment for many moms is getting ready for the arrival of a new little family member! So, we asked our group of amazing bloggers to share some of their […]

9 Ideas for Quality Time With Mom

This Mother’s Day, after some well-deserved time doing something special for yourself, pull out your calendar and schedule some quality time with your child. Whether it’s a special meal, a surprise outing, or an after-dinner stroll, taking time at least once a month with your kids – individually – builds strong bonds, create memories, and lets […]

3 Mother’s Day Printables for Kids!

Help your child create something special this Mother’s Day with these three printables! Perfect for moms, grandmothers, aunts, or any special person in your child’s life, these quick and easy crafts are sweet, and sentimental (not to mention, easy!) You’ll need: Child-safe scissors Crayons or markers Glue or tape A cherished 4″ x 6″ photo […]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Kid Made Jewelry Dish for Mom

Our blog ambassador Valerie from Inner Child Fun made these sweet jewelry dishes with her daughter recently. These jewelry dishes are a quick, easy, and useful gift the kids can make for Mom this Mother’s Day! To make your own, you will need oven bake clay, the Melissa & Doug alphabet stamp set, a rolling […]