Rainy Day Fun: Number Hunt

Easter is over, but my kids are still eager to hunt for things. When the weather is nice we head outside and hunt for bugs and worms and heart-shaped rocks but when it’s raining we hunt for numbers! A number hunt is a great learning-and-playing rainy-day activity. Melissa & Doug Chunky Number Puzzle is the […]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  –Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can […]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

Losing sleep over hosting the kids’ next sleepover? Consider these 5 cool sleepover ideas that kids will love! Set up camp. Let your child help plan where he/she and the guest will sleep. (Is there enough space in his/her bedroom, or would sleeping bags in the living room make more sense?) Then add some welcoming […]

5 Ideas For Indoor Playdates

These indoor playdate ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” ——————————————————– The weather is finally getting nice, right? Well just when you think you are going to be spending every day gardening and playing outside, the weather reminds […]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Creative Ways to Play with Goop!

This rainy-day activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.  Keep the light of curiosity alive! Goop. Gak. Flubber. Call it what you wish. This slimy, stretchy, science recipe is ideal for experimenting on a rainy day.  When there’s a lull in the action, introduce these ideas […]

5 Tips for Making Rainy Days the Best Days

Make it a “Kids in the Kitchen” day! They’ll not only get some delicious results, but they’ll be using math (measuring and counting), observing scientific principles (effects of heat, what happens when different ingredients are combined) and using their senses (smelling the food cook, touching the ingredients and, of course, tasting the food!). Some easier […]

5 Indoor Creative Play Ideas

Make Your Own Sock Puppet This is an art project PLUS an opportunity to play puppets all day long! Start with a sock that’s large enough to fit the child’s hand comfortably. Let the child try on the puppet to see where the features should go. (The thumb will be the bottom jaw, and the […]

Earth Day Link-Up with Our Blog Ambassadors

5 Easy Ways to Raise Earth-friendly Kids by Amy of TeachMama.com Though my kids may scream at the occasional spider, cry when snow fills their boots or melt when the temperature reaches 110 degrees, I do believe they’re Earth-friendly, outdoor-loving kiddos. And there isn’t a whole lot to it. In celebration of Earth Day, here […]

5 Reasons to Read to Your Child Every Day

Many of us have special memories of time spent reading with parents or grandparents, or even with teachers and friends. There are so many reasons it is important to read to your child – every day! Why read to your child? Your child will treasure the time together. For many families, the normal rhythm of […]