Val’s Crafty Corner: Create a Summer Bucket List

This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Savor every moment of the summer–it goes by so quickly!   -Val Soon the kids will be done with school. . . . It’s time to start making plans for summertime fun! One effective way […]

5 Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Skin Healthy This Summer

Apply sunscreen often. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all kids—regardless of skin tone—wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply about every 2 hours (more if your kids are sweating or swimming). Don’t forget about the tops of their feet, behind the neck and under bathing-suit straps. Cover up! What’s better […]

Teach Mama Talks: Beachy Learning

This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Learning at the beach? You better believe it! Disguised as play, beach time is a perfect time for sneaking in some learning!  –Amy There’s no better time than those long and lazy days at the beach […]

Stacy Shares: Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

This family activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Explore your backyard in a new way with this sensory adventure. Gardening with my kids is a big deal to me. It is one of the most rewarding ways we spend time together. There are so many […]

What Lessons Will Bloom in Your Child’s Garden?

Memory & Sequencing: The process of planting requires gardeners to follow set steps. Your child will use memory and narrative thinking to master the process: Prepare the soil, dig the hole, plant the seed. . . . Biology: Through direct experience your child will see a basic life cycle unfold: infancy, growth, and full bloom. […]

Skill Building Sand Play: 7 Ways to Grow

Skill Building Sand Play Did you know that sand play is good for more than just super-awesome fun? Here are 7 ways you can experience skill building sand play: Large Motor Skills Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play! Hand-eye Coordination Children […]

The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

by Melissa for grandparents.com Spontaneous time spent outdoors can have benefits beyond your wildest dreams! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing outdoors. When I was young, no one in my neighborhood had nannies. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s free babysitter and the only way she could “get things done.” […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Farm Blocks + Sidewalk Scenes

Sometimes a little change of scenery is all it takes to make an old toy seem like new again. That’s exactly what happened with our Farm Blocks Set, which the kids have had for quite some time, when we took it outside and added a bit of sidewalk chalk!