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 [...]

Kickball Keep-Away

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This Summer Fun kickball game is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Summertime often means more time spent outdoors! With so much extra time to spend outside, it’s great to have an array of games to choose from. One of my family’s favorites combines soccer with a game of keep-away and a whole lot of [...]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

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This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying Family [...]

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 [...]

Water, Water, Everywhere: 10 Fun Facts About H2O

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Summer is almost here, which means that beach and pool days are just around the corner! Help us kick-off summer with some “water-themed” fun. Share these fun facts about water with your child over dinner or in the car: We think they may spark some creative conversations to help pass the time (while providing a few [...]

5 Tips for Gardening with Kids

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Time for some gardening! This weekend, many families will likely begin (or continue) their annual gardening expeditions; cleaning up sticks, planting seeds, and more! Rather than having your kids feel like gardening is a “chore”, here are a few tips for gardening with kids from our guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). One of our family’s favorite [...]

Sweet & Springy! Adorable Garden-Inspired Easter Ideas for Kids

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Looking for some creative Easter ideas for kids, without overloading on the sweets? Our guest blogger Tiffany (from Peanut Blossom) shares her tips and treats below! * * * I know I’m not the only mom to worry about the amount of sugar my little ones eat. It seems every time we turn around there’s [...]

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors!

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Is your family experiencing some wintertime “Cabin Fever”? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared some great activities to enjoy – indoors! What are your personal favorites?  NEW Ways to Play with Your Puzzles! Does your family have a collection of puzzles lying around – perhaps ones that your kids have either [...]

“We’re Going On an Indoor “Bug Safari!” (Creative Play Activity for Kids)

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This blog post is written by our special guest contributor, Sarah from Zoe’s Lunchbox! When the days are cold and dreary, any new adventure we can have inside – where it’s warm and snug – is welcome. Often, we try to adapt things we would normally do outside into indoor activities. One of those things is [...]