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 […]

Awesome Backyard Olympics Ideas for Kids

I have always loved watching the Summer Olympics. As a little kid I would glue myself to the TV watching gymnastics and cheering on my favorite athletes. Now as a mom I love to find ways to share Olympics fun with my own kids through simple games. Today I am sharing four more simple Olympics themed activities that […]

Gifts Kids Can Make: Stained Glass Solar Lights

There’s just something about a handmade gift that speaks straight to the heart. Don’t believe me? Give one to your Grandma and watch her entire face light up the room. From the joy a child gets making something they can feel proud of to the extra special way you make someone feel knowing you spent […]

Capturing Childhood: How to Get AWESOME Water Photos of the Kids!

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new photography skills. Even novice photographers can learn how to capture awesome water action photography with a few simple tricks. This post as part of the Capturing Childhood photography initiative. Click here to see more posts from this series! . . . Join our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, over at […]

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,” […]

Patriotic Craft for Kids: Super-Simple American Flag Wind Spinners

These super-simple American flag wind spinners, made with a paper plate, are the perfect patriotic craft for kids of all ages. The holiday weekend is upon us! Have the kids celebrate and honor our country (and the people who’ve served it) with this American flag craft project. Get them involved by creating and decorating the yard with these easy patriotic wind spinners. […]

Create an Outdoor Game Spot

When the weather warms up and the kids want to get outside, we haul the toys out of the basement (or wherever we stored them last winter) and let them play! We have a small yard and driveway, so I try to create “zones” where they can play various games. We already have a sandbox zone, […]

15 Rainy Day Activities for Kids — Playful Ideas for Brightening Dreary Days!

This collection of rainy day activities for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. The sky is cloudy and gray, the rain is coming down and the kids are (as always!) bursting with spring energy. Take a moment to pause, look […]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book […]