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10 Tips for a Memorable Family Talent Show

These Talent Show tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure!  — Zina …………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Watch this! Watch this!” Are you familiar with this phrase? Kids love to show off their talents to anyone who will watch them. Why not channel all that […]

How to Get Kids Excited About Homework

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) […]

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 […]

3 Ways to Foster Creativity through Boredom

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 […]

5 Must-Have Toys for Baby’s First Year

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. With a million, trillion toys on the market these days, how do you know which to choose for your little ones? What toys should parents be looking for in terms of quality, […]

Create a Pirate Craft for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19, and we thought it would be fun to share a pirate themed craft to celebrate! ARRRRR you ready? We created our pirate ship and pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely known as popsicle sticks), construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers. We glued […]

5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

 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, […]

10+ Painting Crafts for Kids

If you’re more of a Neat Nancy than a Messy Mary, then now is the perfect time to try a painting project — You can use the still-warm weather to speed up your dry time and take advantage of a natural grass “drop cloth” and a garden hose to make clean-up quick and easy. Check […]

Tell A Story With Toys

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Early literacy isn’t only about reading books and learning letter sounds. Many of the foundations for good reading and writing include things you can do […]