Communicate without Words: 5 Nonverbal Tricks that Speak Loud and Clear!

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Eye Contact What to do: Look your child in the eye when he/she is talking to you. What it says: “I hear you, and I’m paying attention to what you’re saying.” Tone of Voice What to do: Keep your voice calm and steady, even when your child is overwrought. What it says: “You can trust [...]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  -Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can [...]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

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Set up camp. Let your child help plan where he/she and the guest will sleep. (Is there enough space in his/her bedroom, or would sleeping bags in the living room make more sense?) Then add some welcoming touches like a nice pillow, a cute cup for water and maybe an extra night light to make [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Rainy-Day Stamping

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This creative activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make fun of rainy days with this wacky weather artwork! My daughter and I had a great time making these silly raindrop pictures, and you probably already have everything you need to make one too! This is [...]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Creative Ways to Play with Goop!

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This rainy-day activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.  Keep the light of curiosity alive! Goop. Gak. Flubber. Call it what you wish. This slimy, stretchy, science recipe is ideal for experimenting on a rainy day.  When there’s a lull in the action, introduce these ideas [...]

5 Tips for Making Rainy Days the Best Days

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Make it a “Kids in the Kitchen” day! They’ll not only get some delicious results, but they’ll be using math (measuring and counting), observing scientific principles (effects of heat, what happens when different ingredients are combined) and using their senses (smelling the food cook, touching the ingredients and, of course, tasting the food!). Some easier [...]

5 Indoor Creative Play Ideas

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Make Your Own Sock Puppet This is an art project PLUS an opportunity to play puppets all day long! Start with a sock that’s large enough to fit the child’s hand comfortably. Let the child try on the puppet to see where the features should go. (The thumb will be the bottom jaw, and the [...]

5 Fun Facts about Swimming

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Egyptians made a picture or symbol for swimming as far back as 2500 BCE. There is less stress on your body’s bones and joints during swimming than in other sports, because your body is supported by water. The Olympics holds 17 different swimming events. It’s easier to float in saltwater than in freshwater. In the [...]

Earth Day Link-Up with Our Blog Ambassadors

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5 Easy Ways to Raise Earth-friendly Kids by Amy of TeachMama.com Though my kids may scream at the occasional spider, cry when snow fills their boots or melt when the temperature reaches 110 degrees, I do believe they’re Earth-friendly, outdoor-loving kiddos. And there isn’t a whole lot to it. In celebration of Earth Day, here [...]