From Melissa: Do YOUR Kids Play with Neighborhood Friends?

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Melissa shares her thoughts on the importance of outside play for kids: “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of lazy, carefree summer days spent playing outside with neighborhood friends. No one in my neighborhood had a nanny. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s FREE babysitter — and the only way she could [...]

Have A Beach Day In Your Own Backyard

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Summer is synonymous with sun and sand and surf, but what if you live in one of the land locked states or can’t get to the shore as often as you’d like? Are you destined for a not so awesome summer? We think not. Creating a backyard beach experience is simple to do and doesn’t [...]

5 “Summer Fun” Activities to Kick Off July!

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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. [...]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

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This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying Family [...]

Build & Play Obstacle Course

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Getting outside and having fun with your kids is not always as easy as it sounds. We aren’t quite done the school year and my son is starting to burn out. When he gets home from school he usually needs some downtime to recharge but sometimes that downtime turns into a whole bunch of screen [...]

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 [...]

Teach Safety, Skills, & Games — All with Activity Cones

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We continue our summer safety series with 3 ways to use Activity Cones to teach kids to STOP and be aware of their surroundings. Plus, get 4 tips for using Activity Cones to teach “Summer Fun” skills & games! Everybody loves CONES in the summer. But these cones aren’t the ones delivered BY your neighborhood ice-cream truck — They’re [...]

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids

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These sidewalk games are provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. Looking for a fun outdoor activity?  Sidewalk games are a classic (no cost!) activity all kids can enjoy on their own, or with friends! Here are 7 sidewalk games that you can play virtually anywhere. Items to gather: Colorful activity cones (also [...]

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

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Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s [...]