Have A Beach Day In Your Own Backyard

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Summer is synonymous with sun and sand and surf, but what if you live in one of the land locked states or can’t get to the shore as often as you’d like? Are you destined for a not so awesome summer? We think not. Creating a backyard beach experience is simple to do and doesn’t [...]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]

How to Host an “Ocean Explorers” Playdate

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This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Visiting the beach is the quintessential summer trip – but what if you’re not near an ocean or lake? What if you just don’t have the time? Or if your kids are really susceptible to sunburn? We have [...]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

This Week’s Summer Fun Calendar Has Arrived

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We’re excited to share a new round of fantastic activities in this week’s Summer Fun Calendar!  That’s why we created our “My Summer Calendar” blog series: Every week, we unveil a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. Download it…print it…share it with your friends: [...]

An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

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This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, [...]

Inspirational Art Activity: Paint & Play Like Monet!

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Sneak in a little summertime learning with this “Celebrity for a Day” art activity! Your child will learn some fascinating facts about the famous artist, Monet, and enjoy creating their own masterpieces as well.  Begin your Monet holiday with a kid-friendly book about the famous French Impressionist painter. For extra giggles, consider using a faux-French [...]

Four Activities to Start the Summer Season – Indoors or Out!

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The first day of summer is Friday, June 21. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these ideas are creative memory-makers for the whole family – or the whole neighborhood!     1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are all you need to create a hopscotch [...]

Talking to Kids about Occupations

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Have you ever asked your child: “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”  If you haven’t, don’t worry: This doesn’t have to be a stressful conversation for your child (in fact, it can be quite fun!) While your kids may be too young for “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” or “Career Day” at school, you [...]