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. [...]

This Week’s Summer Fun Calendar Has Arrived

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We’re excited to share a new round of fantastic activities in this week’s Summer Fun Calendar!  That’s why we created our “My Summer Calendar” blog series: Every week, we unveil a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. Download it…print it…share it with your friends: [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Simple Sand Structures

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie When we visit the beach, my kids love playing in the sand and can spend an entire afternoon building huge sand structures and sculptures! On those days when a [...]

5 Art Appreciation Lessons for Summer Learning

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This summer learning art lesson is provided by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. When school is out for the summer, it becomes the perfect opportunity for children to continue learning within the walls of their own home! While your child may have had lessons on various topics during the school year, art is one subject that [...]

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 [...]

5 “Summer Fun” Activities to Kick Off July!

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Ready to kick off another month of Summer Fun? This week, we’re sharing some fantastic activities for the start of July; all part of our ongoing “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday this summer, we’re unveiling a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. [...]

30 “Summer Fun” Activities, Games & Printables for Kids: June Round-Up

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It’s hard to believe that there’s just one week left until the end of June! With school winding down, and summer fun ramping-up, we know that having your full brood at home can sometimes be a handful. That’s why we created our “My Summer Calendar” blog series: Every week in June and July, we’re unveiling [...]

A Day at the Beach – “Best of the Best” Ideas

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It’s summer . . . everyone head to the beach!  Here’s our “Best of the Best” beach and sand-play activities — all in one convenient location. Enjoy! Play Beach Detectives Wearing sunglasses and a hat as a disguise, children can sift through the sand to reveal “clues.” Have your kids use their imaginations to make [...]

An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

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This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, [...]