Puzzles and Pajamas Picnic

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Hosting a puzzles and pajamas picnic is such a fun and special way for the kids to enjoy an afternoon snack and make the most of a rainy afternoon! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play idea. This puzzles and pajamas picnic is very simple to […]

5 Steps to a Calmer Before School Morning Routine

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Mornings before school are notorious for being rushed and hectic, but with just a bit of prior planning you may be able to enjoy a calmer before school morning routine that sets the family up for a successful day. Here are some of our favorite tips for a calmer before school morning routine and a […]

Morning Activities Before School

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These playful ways to connect with your kids on weekday mornings are simple to set up, easy to clean up afterwards, and only require a couple of minutes to do! Weekday mornings are notorious for being a busy and hectic time — especially once the school year begins. Thankfully, with just a bit of planning the […]

Fun Crafts and Activities for Kids Ages 8-12

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Here are 10 fun crafts and activities for kids ages 8-12 that are sure to delight! These projects can be a great way to connect with your kids, spend time together, and learn something new. Best of all, they don’t cost a lot of money, and many of these make fantastic handmade gifts for family […]

10 Simple Ways to Delight Your Kids

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Making lasting memories with your kids doesn’t have to take much time or cost a lot of money. I asked some of my favorite writers for Inner Child Fun Media to share their best tips for how they make ordinary moments with their kids into treasured memories. Be sure to follow their blogs below for […]

Connect with Your Kids: Camping …or Camp-In??

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Do your kids crave a camping adventure? Whether you’re planning a trip to the great outdoors, or pitching camp in your own backyard, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I got together to share some simple camping activities to keep the kids entertained! Tasty Camping Treats Banana Boats — Whip up a tasty campfire treat! Make […]

Connect with Your Kids — Ideas for when you’re far away

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For this week’s post in our Connect with Your Kids series, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I asked some of the most interesting and creative bloggers to share their best tips for helping kids to connect with faraway friends and family! Here is a summary of the responses, along with ten main themes that emerged […]

Connect with Your Kids: 50 Screen-Free Activities

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This week, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I thought it would be fun to share 50 of our best ideas for connecting with your kids through unplugged play, and we’ve even included a free printable list! To download the list, head over to Joyce’s blog to check out our latest post in the Connect with […]

Connect with Your Kids… Through Art!

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It’s time for another post in our Connect with your Kids series — this time the lovely Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I are sharing our ten favorite tips for turning art and craft time into treasured family memories! We hope you enjoy lots of quality time with your kids while creating beautiful artwork together. […]

Connect with Your Kids — Outdoor Play

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I’m so excited about this week’s Connect with Your Kids post!! You can find it at Joyce’s amazing blog — Childhood Beckons. This week we’re featuring 10 Simple Tips for Outdoor Play, just in time for Earth Day, along with some of our favorite outdoor games and activities. Have fun enjoying some quality time outdoors with […]

Connect with Your Kids – 10 Easy Tips for Family Game Time

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For an easy and FUN way to connect with your kids, try setting aside a little time to play some games together as a family. To help get you started, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I got together to share some of our best tips to turn game time into cherished family memories. We hope […]

NEW Series! Connect with Your Kids

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Have you met Joyce from the well-loved blog Childhood Beckons?? You may already know her from this post on Hands On As We Grow entitled “10 Simple Ways to Slow Down and Make Your Child’s Day” or this post on Toddler Approved for “5 Easy Ways to Show Love for a Working Parent“. I’m so […]