Balloon-Themed Games for Language & Artic Practice

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Need a new way to practice basic language concepts? How about different places and manners of articulation? You can do BOTH by putting a new “spin” on the Press and Spin game Bye-Bye Balloon. Speech-language pathologist Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers some clever ways she uses this balloon-themed game for articulation and language practice. Read [...]

How to Host an “Ocean Explorers” Playdate

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This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Visiting the beach is the quintessential summer trip – but what if you’re not near an ocean or lake? What if you just don’t have the time? Or if your kids are really susceptible to sunburn? We have [...]

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 [...]

Build & Play Obstacle Course

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Getting outside and having fun with your kids is not always as easy as it sounds. We aren’t quite done the school year and my son is starting to burn out. When he gets home from school he usually needs some downtime to recharge but sometimes that downtime turns into a whole bunch of screen [...]

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 [...]

Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid [...]

Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

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These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three straight days. Raising healthy eaters [...]

3 April Fools’ Day Tricks for Kids

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Whether it’s April Fools’ Day or any day, it’s important to get kids–and parents–laughing a little each day.  Smiles are good for the spirit, and laughter IS the best medicine. In the spirit of of a little good-natured joking, check out what snacks and sweets got our Blog Ambassador Amy (of teachmama.com) and her family [...]

How to Make an Indoor Obstacle Course

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This Indoor Obstacle Course activity is provided by special guest blogger Roo Ciambriello. Spring is here, but the weather seems to have missed the memo.  While my local stores are displaying racks of swimsuits and sandals, I’m still wearing my winter coat. BRRRRRRRRR. And more than my shivering, I have to come up with things for [...]