5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family (…and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Family (and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

Every new year offers your family a new beginning . . .  A chance to “right” the “wrongs” (or at least the “could do betters”) and do things a little differently. {Tweet this!} Today we’re sharing 5 family-based resolutions for the New Year. May they inspire you to create more memories, refresh your mind (and [...]

6 Stupendous Sticker Activities for Kids

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6 Stupendous Sticker Activities for Kids . . . Now say THAT three times fast! Seriously, though, stickers are an unsung hero. They can be a great tool for learning, rewarding, decorating, playing, and so much more. And — even better for busy moms and teachers — stickers are quick, handy, and MESS-FREE! So “stick [...]

Festive in 5 minutes

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How many of you remember sitting at a wobbly card table in a squashed corner of a dining room longingly gazing at the big people’s table with all it’s fancy finery on Thanksgiving? I’m sure I’m not alone in this classic kid memory. This year marks the very first year our family & guest size [...]

Learning with Patterns

Why Do We Teach Kids About Patterns

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Patterns are everywhere! They are such a playful way to start working on life-long math concepts with your child.  From the patterns in our clothes, plants around us and even in the way we line up our toys we can [...]

It’s a HALLOWEEN HULLABALOO . . . Crafts, Games, & Learning Activities for All Ages

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We’ve got dynamite decorations, creepy crafts, educational experiments, and more! We’ve rounded up “the best of the best” Halloween ideas from our Blog Ambassadors to bring you this special Halloween Hullabaloo. Like a treat bag on Halloween, this post is OVERFLOWING with goodies . . . our TREAT to you! 1. Last-Minute Halloween Crafts Allison [...]

How to Get Kids Excited About Homework

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This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It School’s back in session, which means homework is starting to come home and become a part of our daily afternoon. Here are a few tips to get your child excited about homework, rather than viewing it as a challenge. 1) [...]

3 Ways to Foster Creativity through Boredom

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Melissa shares her views on why it’s not only important – but necessary - to let your kids be BORED! “Parents sometimes think that hearing their child say, ‘I’m bored’ is a sign they haven’t tried hard enough to keep their child busy or entertained. But the truth is that when children are BORED, they have the [...]

Which BLOCKS Are Best for Your Child?

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Our “puzzle guide” article was so well received by our readers that we’ve put together a similar guide to help you choose the right BLOCKS for your child. Whether you have a baby, toddler, or school-age son or daughter, we’ll explain the different features you should look for in block-related toys, games, and activities for [...]

Your “Road Trip Mini-Mag” is Here!

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Where is your family traveling to this summer? Regardless of where you’re headed, we know that the process of getting there can sometimes be a challenge if you’re bringing the kids along. So, we partnered with our friends from Highlights to bring you our Road Trip Mini-Mag – perfect for a plane, train, car, or [...]