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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 […]

Bonding over bubbles

  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more […]

Classic Toys & Simplistic Play

From our special guest blogger Marnie (Carrots are Orange): “I have a challenge for you: Choose one of these classic items – activity cones, blocks, drawing pad or pattern blocks. Leave it in a room where your child may discover the materials on his own. Remove any distraction (e.g. other toys, tv, books, etc) and simply observe. See what happens when your child […]

Playtime Tips for Building Self Awareness

These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Where am I in space?”  “What is my body doing right now?” Those are probably not questions that you ask yourself very often. It is very important, however, that all of us have an awareness of where our […]