5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

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 This post is provided by guest contributor Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life.  As we have begun homeschooling our children this year, I have learned in my research of the importance of storytelling. Until the days of “Beowulf” and the “Odyssey,” stories weren’t written down like they are in modern times. Storytelling was used to communicate, [...]

Tell A Story With Toys

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Early literacy isn’t only about reading books and learning letter sounds. Many of the foundations for good reading and writing include things you can do [...]

TOP TIPS for Camping with Kids

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Nothing delivers “family togetherness” quite like camping. Whether you’re creating some INDOOR camping fun, or you’re doin’ the Real Deal and roughing it OUTDOORS, we’ve got loads of family-tested ideas to help you create a memorable camping adventure for you and your family — in ANY season. So get out your tents and sleeping bags [...]

Guest Post: Classic Toys & Simplistic Play

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From our special guest blogger Marnie (Carrots are Orange): “I have a challenge for you: Choose one of these classic items – activity cones, blocks, drawing pad or pattern blocks. Leave it in a room where your child may discover the materials on his own. Remove any distraction (e.g. other toys, tv, books, etc) and simply observe. See what happens when your child [...]

It’s MAGIC! Teaching Presentation Skills & Building Confidence in Kids

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Provided by guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) I’ve read that public speaking ranks as the number one fear in the minds of a majority of people in America, even over the fear of death and disease. With so many classes and careers in life that require public speaking, I aim [...]

From Melissa: Do YOUR Kids Play with Neighborhood Friends?

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Melissa shares her thoughts on the importance of outside play for kids: “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of lazy, carefree summer days spent playing outside with neighborhood friends. No one in my neighborhood had a nanny. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s FREE babysitter — and the only way she could [...]

Work It: 3 Labor Day Activities for Kids

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Each September, we celebrate the contributions of America’s workforce. Use Labor Day as an opportunity for your kids to learn from the adults around them about different occupations and the meaning of good work. 1) Take your child to work Introduce your child to your own workplace in the days surrounding Labor Day. Expose them [...]

61 “Summer Fun” Activities, Crafts, and Games for Kids!

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To help your family end the summer with a BANG, we’ve rounded up 61 activities from our Summer Fun Calendar full of ideas for Creative Play — Every Day. Why 61? We’re sharing 30 game, craft, and activity ideas from our June Calendar and 31 ideas from our July Calendar to give you 61 “Summer [...]

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Let’s step into the kitchen for hands-on fun & learning with your child.  Cooking with your child can be a memorable experience but you can also be encouraging your child to read at the same time!  Here a few tips [...]