7 Ways to Spend More Time as a Family…Unplugged

Family game night ideas from guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. With summer behind us and school in full swing, practices, recitals, and everything else happening in our day-to-day lives can make it challenging to spend time together as a family. It is especially difficult with all the TV’s, tablets, smart phones, and other electronics that […]

Balloon-Themed Games for Language & Artic Practice

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 & 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 on! […]

How to Host an “Ocean Explorers” Playdate

This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from Happy Strong Home. 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 all three […]

A Day at the Beach – “Best of the Best” Ideas

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 […]

4 Summer Memory-Making Activities for Kids… Indoors or Out!

You can feel it everywhere… summer is in the air. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these creative summer memory-making activities are great for the whole family – or for the whole neighborhood!   4 Summer Memory-Making Activities:    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are […]

Build & Play Obstacle Course

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

For a little light learning this week, 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 day!” ~ Thomas Tusser, […]

Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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

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 […]