Puzzle Fun Facts!

We hope all of you “puzzlers” out there will enjoy a few puzzle fun facts! Who came up with the idea of jigsaw puzzles? The first known jigsaw puzzle was made in the 18th century, when an English cartographer named John Spilsbury attached a painted map to a piece of wood, then cut out the […]

Extended Fun for Puzzle Fans!

These extended play ideas for puzzle fans come to us from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. As a puzzle fan, even in my adult years I’ve had various peg puzzles in my home. This was my way of encouraging a future love, building mini puzzle fans to join in on one of my favourite pastime activities. But […]

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 […]

Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings

These tips for family gathering fun are brought to us by our guest blogger, Dayna, of Lemon Lime Adventures. The holidays are an exciting time full of family, friends and gatherings. Almost every weekend can get filled with going here or going there. For most of us, there is this sense of hustle and bustle […]

Play Prompts: Magnetic Puzzle Play!

This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This week’s play prompt is sure to beat the boredom blues!   This do-it-yourself magnetic puzzle prompt is incredibly easy to create and it’s the perfect activity for those times when you are cooking dinner and need the kids to entertain themselves […]

Storytelling with Peg Puzzles

These creative learning tips with puzzles post come from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome. Children love to tell stories, imitating and re-enacting their lives and stories they’ve enjoyed hearing. While at play with trains and trucks, my son often narrates events as he constructs, destructs, and reconstructs his scenes. His “characters” (tow trucks, […]

Unwind With Quiet Time Toy Bins

Even with all the amazing summertime activities you may have planned, chances are your kids will still need a little downtime in the months ahead. So, this week in our Summer Fun Calendar, guest blogger and mom of quadruplets, Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus) shares creative ways to help kids unwind with Quiet Time Toy Bins. Read her […]

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles

Does your child love to play with puzzles? Share these fun facts as a family! The first jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 when John Spilsbury, an English cartographer, chopped up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public to reassemble it. He called it a “dissected puzzle.” Jigsaw puzzles got their name because […]

Using Puzzles to Teach Geography

Our homeschool expert Genny (In Lieu of Preschool) is working on a U.S. Geography unit this month. Earlier today, we shared her American Flag Easel Painting post, which featured creative ways to teach kids about the American Flag using a simple painting prompt. On her blog today, she also focused on using puzzles to teach geography.  Check […]