3 Back-to-School Tips Every Parent Should Know (+ FREE Morning Checklist Printable)

This free back-to-school printable and these parenting tips will help ensure your family enjoys smooth mornings. This article is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Getting into a smooth morning routine in the fall (or honestly–any time of year) can be challenging. Transitions throughout the […]

Sand Casting – Capture Beach Memories with Kids

A family trip to the beach is a prime moment for enjoying and gathering family memories. There are shells to collect, sand castles to build, beach walks to take, sunsets to soak in. At the end of the day, when the kids are wave-worn and beach-sandy, you know you’ll want to savor these moments forever. Here are three ways […]

Backyard Summer Fun: Back To Basics

Get into backyard summer fun with guest blogger Samantha Sendor of Lady And The Blog. Each and every day with my toddler is quite an adventure. My Penelope is ever so curious, absorbing information at every turn, and making sense of the world around her. Sometimes I can’t help but reflect on my own childhood and compare the […]

Melissa’s Playbook: 77 Ways to Play Outside This Summer

This is part of a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood. . Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.” — excerpted from “The Door,” […]

How to host a bike rodeo

May was National Bike Month, an opportunity to celebrate all the reasons we ride. And bike rodeos aren’t just a fun way to celebrate bike month, they are also a great way to help kids practice simple techniques and safety habits that will help them each time they ride!

 A bike rodeo is simple to […]

Your Turn to Share: Self-Regulation Skills

Here’s a simple way to help kids with self-regulation skills, like taking turns and sharing, from our Blog Ambassador Carrie Anne of EverythingMom. When your child finds a toy she loves to use it can be hard to give it up and share, especially when there’s only one version of it available. This can often lead to […]

Counting Activities for Preschoolers

These colorful counting activities for preschoolers are shared with us by guest blogger Angela Thayer of TeachingMama.org. Teaching children to count is foundational for learning math. The best way to teach little ones is through play and hands-on counting activities. When I saw this counting caterpillar toy, I knew it was a perfect tool for […]

Puzzle Free Play: Sensory Play and a Scavenger Hunt!

Puzzle free play activities from guest blogger Jamie of Hands On As We Grow! Puzzles are an amazing toy for kids of all ages. We absolutely love doing puzzles in our house, from super simple puzzles to 500-1000 piece puzzles with my 8 year old. What I love about the simple puzzles from Melissa & Doug […]

Playing House: Our Perfect Morning Routine

This pretend play morning is shared with us by our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures. I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to pretend to be me. They love the idea that “Mommy” does so many things they just aren’t quite old enough for and all of my kids (my toddler […]