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, […]

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 […]

Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Reading together is one of the most obvious, healthy, and successful ways to connect with your kids. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that message loud and clear from everyone from your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, friends and family, and every family expert source everywhere. But reading together doesn’t have to mean just the standard bedtime […]

Family Nature Hunt

This family nature hunt activity and printable were shared with us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. When was the last time you went on a walk and really “took in” all that was around you – the sights, the sounds, the smells? As adults, our lives are busy; I get that. We’re […]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for […]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 7

Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! This week is packed with creative fun, indoor and outdoor play, family travel tips and more – all from your favorite bloggers! Enjoy arts & crafts and creative play. Play with your food, on National Ice Cream […]

Top “Water-Fun” Ideas & Activities

SPLISH. SPLASH. SPLOOSH. Ahh… The sounds of summer. Need some new water activities to keep your kiddos busy, cool, & happy? We’ve rounded up our top water-fun ideas & activities for BIG-TIME SUMMER FUN! Build-Your-Own Mini-Waterpark Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen (of Inner Child Fun) shows you a clever way to have your kids create their […]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 4!

Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! We’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips – all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource will be neatly organized into a calendar you can print. To make this calendar even more helpful to you, each […]

10+ Parent-to-Parent Travel Tips

Traveling with kids is … an adventure. Every time we take a vacation, I learn a valuable lesson for our next trip. I’ve got a little parent-to-parent secret to share with you. Below you’ll find the ULTIMATE toy for a beach vacation … and it is not what you’d expect. In honor of summer break, […]