Teddy Bear Picnic: A Soft & Cuddly Play Date!

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It’s the perfect season for a special picnic . . . and today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack up what you’ll need for your teddy bear picnic: a yummy lunch (or colorful play food treats), picnic basket, comfy blanket, and your camera. (This will be a day for special memories!) Have each person in [...]

Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

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This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come [...]

Family Nature Hunt

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This family nature hunt activity and printable were shared with us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. When was the last time you went on a walk and really “took in” all that was around you – the sights, the sounds, the smells? As adults, our lives are busy; I get that. We’re [...]

Sensory Benefits of Gardening with Kids

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. This time of year is always a great time to get outside and explore the garden with your children. It is full of flowers, planting and digging in the dirt. Not only are these things fun and exciting for kids, [...]

Sibling Water Play with Baby

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This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij atThe Educators’ Spin On It There is one thing that draws children together regardless of their ages… it’s water! Think of how much fun you had as a kid around water. Water play can be a fun way for siblings to connect. [...]

Gardening With Your Kids

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This gardening with your kids post post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. As a child, growing up, I always had access to a garden in our backyard. Every summer I helped my parents tend to it, planting seeds, pulling weeds and enjoying all of the delicious fresh [...]

Creative Storytelling with Puppets

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This post about storytelling with puppets was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com Pretend play is a great way to encourage language development, explore new scenarios in a child’s life, as well as build on a child’s self confidence and presentation skills and puppets are a great tool to help facilitate all of these tasks. [...]

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

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This spring break indoor camping adventure post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. It would be an understatement to say that our family is looking forward to summer. We were super excited to see the snow melt away last month and now we have a bad case of spring fever. [...]

10 Easter Egg Activities for the Family

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This Easter egg activities post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. I’m so excited to be a part of the new Connecting With Your Kids series here on Melissa & Doug! As parents, I think we’re always looking for new activities to enjoy as a family, new ways to connect [...]