7 Sidewalk Games for Kids

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These sidewalk games are provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. Looking for a fun outdoor activity?  Sidewalk games are a classic (no cost!) activity all kids can enjoy on their own, or with friends! Here are 7 sidewalk games that you can play virtually anywhere. Items to gather: Colorful activity cones (also [...]

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

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Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s [...]

5 Flower Facts for Kids

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For a little light learning this weekend, share these fun flower facts with your kids and tell us: what does your family love most about exploring the great outdoors? * * * “April showers bring May flowers, That is what they say. But if all the showers turned to flowers, We’d have quite a colorful [...]

Gardening with Kids: Kid-Made Plant Markers

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This “gardening with kids” craft is written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Spring is here, and like many others, my family is turning our attention towards the garden. We’ve started planning and preparing, and we’ve even done a little creating! These bright and cheery plant markers are a great way to get your [...]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

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This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help [...]

5 Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside

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Our blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) is not afraid to admit that she doesn’t LOVE spending time outdoors. So this year, she resolved to spend 15 minutes outside with her kids every day.  And we have been excited to follow along as she shares this journey on her blog (and provide outdoor entertainment along the way). [...]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

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Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night? Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Racing Flags!

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This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie These racing flags were easy to make, and afterwards they inspired the kids to go outside for some active play to burn off some of their extra [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 11: Garden Bug Hunt

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 11 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Allison McDonald Click for printable version. Camp Sunny Patch is all about hosting your very own summer camp . . . so when it’s time to go exploring, your own backyard is [...]