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DIY Pretend Play Cooktop from Recyclables

I made a little pretend cooktop from recyclables, and it’s been a big hit around here! It was super quick & easy to put together, and isn’t it adorable??? Added bonus — practically free! I love that it is small and lightweight enough that the girls can easily carry it from one room of the […]

Pretend Car Wash

Inspired by Emily’s recent request for a car wash toy, both of the girls were kept busy for a long time with this pretend car wash activity, and they had a lot of fun! To make up the cars, I pressed down on a sheet of inexpensive craft foam with car and truck shaped cookie […]

Pretend Play on a Dime — Donut Shop

It rained all day today, so while Clara was napping, Emily and I had a nice pocket of time for some crafting. She worked on some adorable paper dolls, and I put this together — A Mini Pretend Donut Shop! I used tan felt to sew the donuts (and batting to stuff them), then cut […]

Pretend Play on a Dime — Garden Center

Emily loves to pretend that she works at a garden center. She can spend hours arranging and re-arranging the flowers (as seen here), planting pretend seeds, and caring for her pretend plants. So Mark and I put together a little store front for her about a year ago, and she has been playing with it […]

Pretend Play on a Dime — Movie Day

After Emily and Clara went off to bed last night, Mark and I got to work on this ticket booth made from cardboard, masking tape, a tension curtain rod, an old curtain, some scraps of gold wrapping paper, a foam meat tray, and some LED Christmas lights. When Emily found it this morning, she was […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Pretend Play Sets

Out of all of the games and toys Emily has, she seems to enjoy playing pretend the most.  I try to encourage this as much as possible because pretend play is one of the most beneficial types of play for a child’s development.  Child psychologists claim pretend play helps increase creativity, memory, fine motor skills, and […]

How to Host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Disclosure: I’m sharing tips for hosting a stuffed animal sleepover, and this post is sponsored by our friends at Melissa & Doug. All opinions are my own. Stuffed animal sleepovers are one of the latest trends taking place in bookstores and libraries to encourage young children to read. The events combine creative play, story telling, […]

Games to Play with Kids While Lying Down

Need a few games to play with kids while lying down? Do your children seem to possess endless amounts of energy? Are you in need of a break to help unwind and relax? In this post, I will be be sharing 3 easy ways to sneak in some peaceful rest while still actively engaged in […]

Should Schools Allow More Time for Play?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Genius of Play.  It’s time for back to school, and if you recently checked your child’s school schedule, you may have noticed a shortened recess time. In some cases, recess has been eliminated altogether. In an effort to strengthen academics, is eliminating recess the right thing to do? […]

Rainy Day Activity – Paper Pizza Parlor

This rainy day activity for kids is simple and easy to set up. This paper pizza parlor is the perfect way to indulge your stuffed animal friends to a special treat! The kids can help prepare the ingredients while developing early scissor skills. This rainy day activity is sure to foster lots of imaginative playtime […]

Classic Play Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Shopping for toys for kids on your holiday list? Some of the best toys for encouraging creative and imaginative play are those that use classic play patterns. By engaging in classic play, kids can develop fine-motor skills, social skills, story telling skills, and more! These are some of the most used favorite toys in our household. This […]

Paper Tacos!

These paper tacos are a fun way to encourage lots of imaginative playtime fun! When I first set up this simple invitation to play, I completely underestimated how much fun my kids would have crafting up tacos. By the time they were done with this, they had made 23 paper tacos!! I left the table […]

Play Dough Pumpkin Pie Shop!

After making our own pumpkin spice play dough and a second batch of cinnamon play dough, the kids were ready to make a pretend pumpkin pie shop! Our house smelled like an Autumn café, and this activity kept the kids happily entertained for a long time. I love that they were able to practice some basic […]

Cabin Fever Boredom Busters

These cabin fever boredom busters are the perfect cure for anytime you may be stuck indoors during the long Winter months! Keeping the kids entertained indoors is not always an easy task, but these activities use common household items and the set ups are simple. I love how many of these activities can inspire lots of learning […]

Cool New Netflix Series for Kids

Looking for a cool Netflix series for kids and tweens? Good news! Netflix recently released an exclusive new original series — Dreamworks Animations Dragons: Race to the Edge. Both of my kids enjoyed the How to Train Your Dragon books and movie series, so this new series was a big hit with them! I love that […]

Make Family Movie Night Fun – 5 Ideas

Looking for some inspiring ways to make family movie night fun and extra special? Below you will find ideas for enjoying movie night with your family without leaving your home! A big thank you to our friends at Netflix for sponsoring today’s creative ideas for family fun. Netflix streaming makes it easy and affordable to enjoy […]

Writing Center Ideas for First Grade

These writing center ideas for first grade are great for inspiring lots of creative writing fun! This pretend poem shop is an imaginative and educational way to spend a rainy day. Not only will your first grader work on developing important writing skills, she can also work on beginning math skills by adding up the cost of […]

Spy Kids – Family Movie Marathon

We thought it would be fun to have a family movie marathon featuring the Spy Kids movies and some stealthy spy crafts to go along with it! The kids thought these spy kits were so much fun to make! Since the Spy Kids movies are streaming on NETFLIX, it was easy to plan our family movie marathon without having to […]