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5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

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 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

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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 [...]

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

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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. [...]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

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This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how [...]

5 Tummy Time Tips: It’s Not Just for Babies…

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Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for encouraging “Tummy Time” in bigger kids. Most parents have heard and read about the importance of giving infants “tummy time.” Traditionally, we think of this as an activity for babies, that comes along with a whole host of benefits [...]

5 Easy Craft Ideas (Using Household Items!)

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If you crave parent-child activities that stretch minds and develop skills, but crafts just aren’t your thing, fear not! These low-maintenance ideas won’t break the bank or your sanity. 1) Hodgepodge Collage Just the thing when your child’s room is overrun with accumulated “stuff.” Begin with poster board, construction paper, or an easel paper pad, then collect [...]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

Turn Lunch Time Into Learning Time

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This lunch time learning 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     Now that it’s summer one of my favorite parts of the day is lunch when my kids and I can (usually) all come [...]

5 Art Appreciation Lessons for Summer Learning

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This summer learning art lesson is 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 [...]