Family Nature Hunt

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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 [...]

Free Printable Activity Book for Kids: Summer Boredom Busters!

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It’s that exciting time that kids wait for all year: Summer Vacation! We want summertime to be packed with laughter and moments of discovery for kids. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring some extra creative fun to your children this summer, with our FREE 10-page Boredom Busters printable activity [...]

Bubble Painting

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This creative bubble painting post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The sun has returned, the flowers are blooming, and that calls for some outdoor fun! The kids AND our dog, Belle, are ecstatic to be able to spend the majority of their time outside again. Around our [...]

A Garden Exploration Table

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This Garden Exploration Table post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. Spring is nearly here! While we still have snow on the ground and the weather is raw and rainy here, the kids and I decided to bring a little spring indoors. I set up a garden exploration table for [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

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This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the [...]

5 (Actually 8) Fall Games, Activities, & Experiments

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For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on [...]

Fall is in the Air!

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These outdoor autumn activity ideas are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Ahhh!!!  Fall is in the air!! I love the feeling of the crisp air, the sight of school buses going by, the taste of homemade applesauce (or apple cake!), and the sound of football on the TV. Those things [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]