Gardening and Sensory Development

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This Gardening and Sensory Development post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. After the April showers have cleared up, it is time for May Flowers! Rumor has it that it is warm enough to plant outdoors after Mother’s Day, and planting is a wonderful [...]

6 Secret Codes for Kids

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. When we visited Colonial Williamsburg we took on the role of spies. As members of the Rev Quest: Black Chambers we were given a map to follow for clues, had secret meetings with villages and deciphered a few different types of code. It [...]

Mother’s Day Date Ideas

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Mother’s Day Date Ideas This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. We are all familiar with the typical Mother’s Day treats: The fancy brunch buffet, personalized gifts, breakfast in bed, etc. We also know that Mother’s Day can get so overwhelming with all the family fuss. Breakfast [...]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

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Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij This gardening post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

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“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

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April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and [...]

Spring Printable Favorites

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It’s a Spring Printable Bonanza on the Playtime Press today! We are sharing two of favorite spring printables: April Memory Game and Garden Planting. Simply click the title or image to print. Find these April Memory Game favorites online: Bollie Ladybug Kickball Longfellow Duck Stuffed Animal Blossom Bright Kids’ Flip-Up Sunglasses Happy Giddy Kids’ Umbrella Decorate-Your-Own Cupcake Bank Felt [...]