Work Through Worries with Play School

This pretend 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     Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come […]

30 days of lunchboxes!

Back to School time is upon us; do you have your lunch packing skills ready? This was my least favorite part of kindergarden so we’re heading into first grade prepared! I’ve created a master list of 30 successful packed lunches that my little lady gave two thumbs up to last year and I’m sharing them […]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks […]

Swimming Games Round-Up (And Pool Party Tips!)

Whether you’ve got a tot you’re trying to coax to dip a toe in the water, or your kids are ready to do cannonballs off the side of the pool, we have you covered with swimming games, ideas, and pool party tips. So put on some goggles, sit back, and check out these splishin’-splashin’ pool-time […]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without being […]

6 Summertime Activities for Kids

We’re halfway through July, and interactive summer fun calendar is in full swing! This week, we’ve added six new summertime activities to help keep your kids occupied – and learning – all summer long. Here’s a quick overview of this week’s activities: –       Summer Math Activities (with counting printable) –       How to Turn Lunch into […]

How to Host an “Ocean Explorers” Playdate

This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from Happy Strong Home. Visiting the beach is the quintessential summer trip – but what if you’re not near an ocean or lake? What if you just don’t have the time? Or if your kids are really susceptible to sunburn? We have all three […]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always […]

Turn Lunch Time Into Learning Time

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 […]