Melissa’s Playbook: 77 Ways to Play Outside This Summer

This is part of a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood. . Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.” — excerpted from “The Door,” […]

Celebrate Summer with Outdoor Activities!

With summer vacation finally here, we’re sharing some favorite outdoor activities that will help your family celebrate summer! Whether you’re at the park, sandbox or shore, swimming pool or in the backyard, there are so many simple ways to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of those long, sunny days of summer. It’s easy to get started, so let’s celebrate summer . . . […]

Simple Ideas for Outdoor Toddler Play

These simple ideas for outdoor toddler play are shared by our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures. The weather is getting nice and of course, that means that we all want to get outside and play with our toddlers. Melissa & Doug makes getting outside super easy and fun with their active play and outdoor gear! If your […]

Family Games: The Benefits of Laughter

Indoor fun activities, from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. We have all heard the saying “Laughter is the best Medicine” before, so what is it all about? Studies have proven that laughter can do both children and adults a world of good with its physical, emotional and social benefits. Physically, laughter can […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Family Fun!

It’s easy to keep New Year’s resolutions that are packed with fun! We think adding a dash of fun to a New Year’s resolution makes achieving that goal a whole lot more likely… and more enjoyable! Check out these kid-friendly activities, designed to make starting each new year even more special. Share Your Thoughts – […]

Playing Together When You’re Stuck Inside

This indoor play guide is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Some of the best memories I have are the times when my family and I played together. Although winter can mean lots of time indoors and less time outside, it doesn’t mean you have to have less time […]

Try the Family Game Suspend & You’ll Be Hooked

If you take the game Suspend to a local coffee shop you’ll inevitably have people stop and ask you, “What are you playing?” The family game comes with twenty-four notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sounds easy, right? Try adding another piece and then another. Each time a bar is added, the balance […]

Being Thankful – An Acrostic Poem Project

Creative and educational family activities – plus a video – from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Family holidays like Thanksgiving are a reminder of all the many wonderful things in our life. Our family. A great meal to eat. A favourite stuffie. Perhaps even pie with ice cream. Gratitude isn’t just reserved for us as adults and parents. […]

Mess-Free Glitter and a Weekend at the Lake

This post about Mess-Free Glitter fun with friends is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Is everyone enjoying their summer? Our family sure is! Over the 4th of July we invited some of our closest friends up to our lake cabin to spend the weekend. The truth is, we […]