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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”

Get ready to make your own DIY pirate puppets and pirate ship! 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 diy pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely […]

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

Add some color to your child’s creative time, with this roundup of 10+ painting crafts for kids! Whether you’re a Neat Nancy or a Messy Mary, now is the perfect time to try a painting activity — with all of the suggestions below, there are sure to be painting crafts that fit your family! Check out these 10 clever art projects that’ll have […]

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 […]

6 Easy Activity Bags for Instant Entertainment (and Learning!)

This arts & crafts tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. I’m going to be teaching home preschool with my son this fall. With our baby being one year old, I know there will be lots of interruptions. So I’ve already got my back pocket full with these colorful activity bag ideas. […]

TOP TIPS for Camping with Kids

Nothing delivers “family togetherness” quite like camping. Whether you’re creating some INDOOR camping fun, or you’re doin’ the Real Deal and roughing it OUTDOORS, we’ve got loads of family-tested ideas to help you create a memorable camping adventure for you and your family — in ANY season. So get out your tents and sleeping bags […]