Turn Lunch Time Into Learning Time

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This lunch time learning play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Now that it’s summer one of my favorite parts of the day is lunch when my kids and I can (usually) all come [...]

Making “Required” Math Easy

{Making “Required” Math Easy} *Free printable

Our family game closet is chock-full and diverse. We’ve got board games, DVD games, interactive games, dice, spinners, cards, pegs… You name it, we’ve likely got it. Each of us certainly has their favorite, but there’s one game that gets considerably more use than all the others. Sometimes simple is best. Our family loves the [...]

Portable fun for the hotel pool

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  You can do your best to bring your children on a memorable vacation but so often it is the time spent at the hotel pool that elicits the most squeals of joy! Even during a recent trip to Disney World, my six year old would insistently request the chance to go swimming every afternoon. [...]

10 Tips for Your Water Park Trip

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These water park tips are provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family gets season passes to a local water park each summer, and it’s often our go-to summertime activity. Over the years, we’ve learned a few things, and often we’ve learned them the hard way. Is visiting a water park on your family’s summer [...]

7 Easy Sand and Water Table Sensory Activities

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This sensory activity was created for our “Summer Fun” calendar series by guest blogger Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus).   Now that summer is in full swing, we find ourselves spending more and more time outside. The kids love it because they get to explore all that the big world has to offer, and Mommy loves it because they work [...]

Traveling with Kids: 5 ON the GO Tips & Tricks

{ON the GO Backseat Learning} *5 traveling games for kids

Enjoy these helpful ideas for traveling with kids from our summer series we’re calling On the Go with Melissa & Doug. You followed our Pre-trip Planning Tips and the car is all packed. You’re ready to leave the driveway to set off on your family vacation. All that’s left to do is to GO! To help [...]

Stacy Shares: Cool Tips for Summer Days

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Is summer in full effect at your house yet? The later mornings, the ease of a more relaxed schedule, the all-too familiar sound of the most two repeated phrases during summertime – “I’m Bored!” and/or “I’m Hungry“. My post today will help you nip both those phrases in the bud, teach some simple kitchen lessons, [...]

Simple Summertime Science Lessons for Kids

Let's Learn About the Scientific Method with Kids of All Ages!

This summer science activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. This science activity is a great way to introduce your child to the Scientific Method (they are never too young to start!).  (The scientific method is the way scientists get from asking a question to finding an answer.)  First, [...]

10 Classic Activities to Survive Camping with Kids

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This summer, we are “hitting the road” – and providing you with some fantastic traveling resources along the way! Every Thursday of Summer 2013, right here on our blog, we’ll give you the inside scoop from three top-rated blogger moms on their favorite tips and tricks for traveling with kids. This week, we’re getting some tips from Marnie (Carrots [...]