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Celebrity for a Day: Galileo Galilei

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 […]

Fall Leaf Bingo (with Printable!)

This Fall fun activity is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.   Fall is my family’s favorite season. The weather is lovely and the scenery is beautiful. It’s an absolutely fantastic time to be outside playing, learning, and exploring. Today’s activity is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside and take in […]

Learning with 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 […]

Organize a kid nook in your kitchen

The kitchen is the busiest room in the entire house and never is that statement more true than during the holiday season. In the coming weeks, the kitchen will be the heart of all your celebrations and festivities–where all the prep work happens and sometimes even the entertaining itself. One of the best things you […]

2 Printable Halloween Activity Pages

Need a super-quick activity for some Halloween “fun on the run”? Try these Print-n-Go Halloween activity pages to practice some SPOOKY spelling skills or have some FUN in the pumpkin patch. 1. Halloween Word Search It’ll be “a scream” for kids to find all the Halloween words hidden in this steaming pot of witch’s brew. […]

So Easy It’s Spooky! Halloween Snacks For Kids.

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     As a blogger people usually expect me to make over the top holiday treats, birthday parties , and other celebrations. Nope. I am pretty chill […]

Trick or Treat – Alternatives for Kids

Halloween is traditionally a time for sweets, sweets, and more sweets, but who says kids must eat candy from dawn till dusk just because that’s how it’s always been done? This year, though my kids will certainly have their fair share of sweets (we are a sweet-tooth family after all), I’m really trying hard to […]

Storytelling with Stamp-A-Scene

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Here’s a simple storytelling activity you can try with even very young children who may be too young to write on their own. Melissa & Doug’s Stamp-A-Scene sets can […]

6 Simple Tips for Keeping Everyday Living Spaces Under Control

Does your living room look like a toy tornado just passed through? You’re not alone. Keeping everyday living spaces clutter-free with little ones underfoot can feel like a never-ending battle. Below are three simple tips for helping keep the chaos under control: Create storage areas for toys and books. Be sure to have designated baskets, containers, […]