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, [...]

How to Host a “Let’s Have a Ball” Playdate!

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This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Playdates can be sanity-savers when your kids are on summer break, but not when the kids are saying “I’m bored!” To help keep kids entertained, try picking a theme for their playdate. Recently, we gathered a few friends [...]

Week 3 of Your Summer Calendar is Here!

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Every Monday as part of our “My Summer Calendar” blog series, we’re unveiling a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. You can download and print this week’s interactive calendar here, or by clicking the image below. To learn more about our Summer Calendar series, and [...]

Four Activities to Start the Summer Season – Indoors or Out!

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The first day of summer is Friday, June 21. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these ideas are creative memory-makers for the whole family – or the whole neighborhood!    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are all you need to create a hopscotch court. [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

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June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The [...]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

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This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying Family [...]

Teach Safety, Skills, & Games — All with Activity Cones

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We continue our summer safety series with 3 ways to use Activity Cones to teach kids to STOP and be aware of their surroundings. Plus, get 4 tips for using Activity Cones to teach “Summer Fun” skills & games! Everybody loves CONES in the summer. But these cones aren’t the ones delivered BY your neighborhood ice-cream truck — They’re [...]

Summer Fun Calendar Kickoff

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Let the Summer Fun begin! Welcome to the Melissa & Doug “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday, right here on our blog, we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long.  We encourage you to print the calendar and keep it in a [...]