Celebrate Summer with Outdoor Activities!

With summer vacation finally here, we’re sharing some favorite outdoor activities that will help your family celebrate summer! Whether you’re at the park, sandbox or shore, swimming pool or in the backyard, there are so many simple ways to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of those long, sunny days of summer. It’s easy to get started, so let’s celebrate summer . . . […]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, […]

7 Easy Sand and Water Table Sensory Activities

This sensory activity was created for our “Summer Fun” calendar series by guest blogger Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus).     Now that summer is in full swing, we find ourselves spending more and more time outside. The kids love it because they get to explore all that the big world has to offer, and Mommy loves it because they […]

Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

These “Baking with Kids” activities are from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) My kids love helping in the kitchen, and it is such a great way to incorporate learning into everyday life! This week we baked blueberry banana muffins. Then we took the learning further with some extension activities: […]

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 […]

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 […]