4 Activity Tips for Family Road Trips

When I was little, we took family road trips every summer across half the nation. My mom had the genius idea to pack a bag full of car activities which she would dole out every few hours. Once we crossed the state line, a pile of comic books, puzzle pads, or small games would magically […]

Puzzle Free Play: Sensory Play and a Scavenger Hunt!

Puzzle free play activities from guest blogger Jamie of Hands On As We Grow! Puzzles are an amazing toy for kids of all ages. We absolutely love doing puzzles in our house, from super simple puzzles to 500-1000 piece puzzles with my 8 year old. What I love about the simple puzzles from Melissa & Doug […]

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 […]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly […]

Number Scavenger Hunt Game

This number scavenger hunt is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Making an investment in wooden puzzles is one of the smartest things you can do as a parent for your child. However, at times they sit on the toy shelf and we wonder if there are other ways to use […]

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 […]