Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to […]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

Losing sleep over hosting the kids’ next sleepover? Consider these 5 cool sleepover ideas that kids will love! 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 […]

5 Indoor Creative Play Ideas

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 […]

Earth Day Link-Up with Our Blog Ambassadors

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 […]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

These simple outdoor activities are great for keeping kids of different ages active and entertained, while spending time together! When the warm weather starts and school breaks begin, kids of different ages can suddenly find themselves spending time together . . . and thinking, “What now?” Whether you’re having a multi-family playdate or your kids aren’t […]

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 […]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Sand Play Bakery!

This springtime recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and is written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy taking your kids’ creativity outdoors! One of the activities my kids look forward to the most every spring is playing outdoors in the sandbox! They can spend hours happily playing together, engaged in […]

TeachMama Talks: Love the Letters of the Alphabet

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Learning can be fun! My kids seem to go for anything I call a “game”—so whether it’s the “get your coat and shoes on” game, the “eat your breakfast” game or the “finish the puzzle” game, usually my […]

5 Fun Ways to Teach Children the Letters of the Alphabet

Name Rubbings: From cardboard cut out the letters of your child’s name and glue onto construction paper. Have your child put a piece of paper over his name and use a crayon (on its side) to create a name rubbing! Tracing Letters: Use sturdy paper plates for this. With a marker write your child’s name, the […]