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 [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

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“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

The Cutest Cleaning Crew on the Block

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I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I am the world’s worst housekeeper. There. I said it. My dirty secret is out. My mom is probably cringing with shame as she sees me admit this to the world but there is just no way I could share tips with you about how to get [...]

DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

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This creative craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo.  Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint. Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint -       First download the free [...]

Celebrity for a Day: Galileo Galilei

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In honor of the upcoming Solar Eclipse, stretch your child’s mind with a full day of play honoring Galileo, father of astronomy. Morning Prepare little tummies for a day of play with a breakfast feast. Make mini-pancake “planets” and arrange them around a larger pancake “sun.” Make “stars” from fruit cut into star shapes. Trivia [...]

Stacy Shares: Take Dress-Up Up A Notch!

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I have a confession to make … we aren’t huge Halloween people. We don’t eat lots of sugar (no white sugar at all actually), or take candy from strangers! Just kidding — we do trick or treat, but when we get home we give it all back out to cute kids in costume who knock [...]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

Talking to Kids about Occupations

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Have you ever asked your child: “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”  If you haven’t, don’t worry: This doesn’t have to be a stressful conversation for your child (in fact, it can be quite fun!) While your kids may be too young for “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” or “Career Day” at school, you [...]