50+ Box Play Activities with Kids

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This box play activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Have you ever noticed at times your child is more interested in the box than the new toy? You take quite a bit of thought in a gift to give your child and many times once they [...]

8 Easy Valentine’s Day Treats for Kids

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This Valentine’s Day themed post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. You know what my favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is? The treats. I bet if you ask your kids the same question, their answer would be similar to mine. Every child looks forward to exchanging valentines at [...]

Simple Tip for Teaching Toddler Chores

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Toddlers are amazing. They are growing and learning every day. They can light up the room with their smiles and laughter and they thrive on independence. That’s why this is the perfect time to encourage your toddler to help out [...]

Making Handmade Instruments

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. We have a piano in our home. And as noisy as it gets, nothing is more thrilling to my heart than to hear my toddler and preschooler banging (gently!) on the keys and singing at full volume. Watching my children [...]

10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

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This stress-free family road trip post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Let me ask, how many of you will be traveling in the next few weeks over the holidays? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit during the holiday season, and this year at the [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Gift Idea: Art Kit for Kids

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This DIY Art Kit post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. The holidays are approaching and you might be looking for a unique and creative gift for kids. This DIY art kit for kids is the perfect present for encouraging creativity and fostering a love for art throughout [...]

Beat the Indoor Blues with Games!

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Breaking out a deck of cards or a classic board game feels like a timeless tradition – whether with your own kids, or with nieces, nephews, or kids you babysit. During winter months when kids are often indoors more than [...]

Shut the Box!

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This math-themed play post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Shut the box!! I’m not sure why, but I just love saying that. What’s more important, though, is that my 6 and 8-year-old LOVE playing it!!! In case you aren’t familiar with this game, let me tell you a little [...]