The 2014 Holiday Favorites Gift Guide Has Arrived!

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Crafts, puzzles and classic toys – oh my! Looking for inspiration for that “perfect” holiday gift? Check out our new Holiday Favorites Gift Guide, an interactive catalog that features the top holiday gifts for kids this holiday season! Our Holiday Favorites Gift Guide contains everything you need for those cherished kids on your list, and features our very [...]

When I Grow Up: Conversations with Community Helpers

Conversations with Community Helpers

This Conversations with Community Helpers post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. Children begin identifying with career choices quite early, I’m discovering. Daily, our two year old goes to the playroom and asks for his ‘Struction Worker costume. He’ll happily wear it for hours. What will they become when they [...]

Life Lessons Kids Learn with a Dollhouse

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This Playtime Press Post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It.   Playtime is one of the most important things of childhood. Imaginary play with has been a welcomed addition to our house now that my youngest turned 3. She and her big sister have created a whole other world by [...]

WHEELS & WINGS: Activity & Play Ideas for Planes, Trains, Cars, & More!

Wheels & Wings -Activity & Play Ideas for Trains, Planes, Cars, & More!

Does your little one love playing with vehicles? If it ROLLS, RACES, ROARS, or RIDES ON RAILS, it’s covered in this Vehicle Roundup. Read on for tips and activities relating to trains, cars, trucks, planes, buses, and more! Teaching Kids about Traveling & Transportation “Grease the wheels” for your next family trip by helping your [...]

10 Fabulous FOOD-PLAY IDEAS for You & Your Children

10 Fabulous Food-Play Ideas for You & Your Children

As a new parent, you first tell your kids to STOP putting things in their mouth. Then, as your kids get older, you find yourself cajoling them at the dinner table, “Put a little bit in your mouth and swallow. Just try it. Please? For me?” Sheesh! What’s a parent to do? Well, today at [...]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

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Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for [...]

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 [...]

5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

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 This post is provided by guest contributor Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life.  As we have begun homeschooling our children this year, I have learned in my research of the importance of storytelling. Until the days of “Beowulf” and the “Odyssey,” stories weren’t written down like they are in modern times. Storytelling was used to communicate, [...]

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 [...]