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Making “Required” Math Easy: Composing and Decomposing Numbers

Our family game closet is chock-full and diverse. We’ve got board games, DVD games, interactive games, dice, spinners, cards, pegs… You name it, we’ve likely got it. Each of us certainly has their favorite, but there’s one game that gets considerably more use than all the others. Sometimes simple is best. Our family loves the […]

Portable fun for the hotel pool

  You can do your best to bring your children on a memorable vacation but so often it is the time spent at the hotel pool that elicits the most squeals of joy! Even during a recent trip to Disney World, my six year old would insistently request the chance to go swimming every afternoon. […]

This Week’s Summer Fun Calendar Has Arrived

We’re excited to share a new round of fantastic activities in this week’s Summer Fun Calendar!  That’s why we created our “My Summer Calendar” blog series: Every week, we unveil a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. Download it…print it…share it with your friends: […]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Simple Sand Structures

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 When we visit the beach, my kids love playing in the sand and can spend an entire afternoon building huge sand structures and sculptures! On those days when a […]

5 Art Appreciation Lessons for Summer Learning

These art appreciation lessons are provided by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. When school is out for the summer, it becomes the perfect opportunity for children to continue learning within the walls of their own home! While your child may have had lessons on various topics during the school year, art is one subject that is sure […]

10 Tips for Your Water Park Trip

These water park tips are provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family gets season passes to a local water park each summer, and it’s often our go-to summertime activity. Over the years, we’ve learned a few things, and often we’ve learned them the hard way. Is visiting a water park on your family’s summer […]

7 Easy Sand and Water Table Sensory Activities

This sensory activity was created for our “Summer Fun” calendar series by guest blogger Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus).     Now that summer is in full swing, we find ourselves spending more and more time outside. The kids love it because they get to explore all that the big world has to offer, and Mommy loves it because they […]

5 “Summer Fun” Activities to Kick Off July!

Ready to kick off another month of Summer Fun? This week, we’re sharing some fantastic activities for the start of July; all part of our ongoing “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday this summer, we’re unveiling a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. […]

Traveling with Kids: 5 ON the GO Tips & Tricks

Enjoy these helpful ideas for traveling with kids from our summer series we’re calling On the Go with Melissa & Doug. You followed our Pre-trip Planning Tips and the car is all packed. You’re ready to leave the driveway to set off on your family vacation. All that’s left to do is to GO! To help […]