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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 [...]

Summer Postcard & Pen Pal Projects for Kids

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Are your kids going away to a summer camp? Are you taking a family road trip? Do your kids miss their school friends ALREADY? Here’s a “bushel and a peck” of ideas to keep everyone feeling connected & cared about this summer — all while practicing writing, spelling, & storytelling skills!   3 Writing Ideas [...]

An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

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This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, [...]

Inspirational Art Activity: Paint & Play Like Monet!

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Sneak in a little summertime learning with this “Celebrity for a Day” art activity! Your child will learn some fascinating facts about the famous artist, Monet, and enjoy creating their own masterpieces as well. Begin your Monet holiday with a kid-friendly book about the famous French Impressionist painter. For extra giggles, consider using a faux-French [...]

4 Crafts to Celebrate Flag Day

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Your kids will no doubt hear “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung at some sporting event this summer. But do they know the story of our flag? Or why we celebrate Flag Day on June 14th? Here’s a quick refresher on Old Glory, and some patriotic and Flag Day activities.   According to American legend, George Washington [...]

Spending 1:1 Time with Dad for Father’s Day

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In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected. For dads [...]

Summertime Kick-Off: 6 Outdoor Games & Activities

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Summer’s almost here. Finally! And while long summer days are welcome sight, with the kids off school, that means more planning on your part to keep them entertained and enthralled for the next several months. “Summer Fun” calendar to the rescue! Every Monday (starting June 3) we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, [...]