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 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 us as parents stepping […]

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 […]

3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Building Sibling Relationships through Play

Every parent hopes that when child number two (or child number three, or child number . . . ) enters the family, the kids will be caring and kind to each other. We all want happy sibling relationships in our home. Yet, stressful moments between children can occur in any family, at any time. So, […]