teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

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This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But [...]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

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This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

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Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for [...]

A Teddy Bear Picnic

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This Teddy Bear Picnic Post is brought to us by Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome.com “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground…”   Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? We took our boys out last week for a Teddy Bear Picnic in advance of National Teddy Bear Picnic Day, celebrated [...]

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 [...]

Teaching Your Child about Food Groups

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This post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. March is National Nutrition Month.  Let’s build a healthy foundation with our kids with a few playful activities with pretend food. Ask yourself a few questions before we begin: How well do you think your child knows the names of [...]

Why Pretend Play Is So Important

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This post is from Emily of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Children who are on the autism spectrum, like my son, have a harder [...]

Celebrity for a (Holi)day: Julia Child

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Turn your holiday season kitchen time into a parent-child play day celebrating Julia Child. Introduce your kids to the woman who introduced Americans to homemade French cooking. Begin with a breakfast of French toast, quiche, or Julia’s French scrambled eggs and build your day around Julia’s recipe for living. Be Fearless An ageless female role [...]