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DIY Cupid’s Cookie Shop!

This sweet little pretend Cupid’s Cookie Shop was so simple to set up, and kept the kids happily entertained for a long time during a recent snow day when they had off from school. I love how something as simple as a few sheets of felt and bits from the dollar store can make them […]

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Need some simple ideas for handmade gifts this holiday season?? Here is a collection of some of our favorite handmade holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. Added bonus, the kids can help make many of these, keeping them entertained while actively participating in the gift making process! Aren’t handmade holiday gifts the best?? […]

Autumn Nature Activity – Leaf Detectives!

This Autumn nature activity is a great way to keep the kids engaged in outdoor play this season, and you may be able to do this right in your own backyard! My kids loved pretending to be “leaf detectives” to explore which leaves come from which trees. They went on several top secret missions to […]

5 Tips for Hosting a Pumpkin Painting Party

Every year (but one) for the past five years we have held a Paint your own Pumpkin Party.  It’s a fun, non-birthday, reason for us to gather together with our friends during our favorite season.  We hold the party outside and enjoy the crunch of leaves under our feet and the cool autumn breezes.  It’s […]

Books About Camping for Kids

These books about camping for kids are sure to inspire plenty of outdoor fun! From making s’mores around a campfire, to putting up a tent, here is a great collection of camping books kids will love even if you’re camping in your own backyard (or living room). Be sure to check out the camping activity […]

Dragons Love Tacos Activities for Kids

For a fun time with the kids this Summer, make a story book come to life by re-creating a themed recipe inspired by a story book! This post is part of our Story Bites series where we feature some of our favorite story books for kids along with a kid-friendly recipe to make at home. […]

20 Ways to Play with Silks

Play silks are perfect for encouraging hours of imaginative play time fun because they can be easily made into several different things from costumes to props! Babies might enjoy a game of peek a boo with a play silk, while preschoolers might love to use a silk in a pot to stir up some pretend […]

Ways to Play and Learn with Water Outdoors

These creative ways to play and learn with water outdoors are sure to delight kids of all ages! When the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want to refer to this list to keep cool and have lots of ideas for good clean fun on-hand.    Here are 10 of our favorite ways to play […]

Flower Crafts for Preschoolers

These flower crafts for preschoolers are sure to get the little ones excited for Spring to arrive! Many of these flower crafts use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple and fun activities for Spring!! 1. Flower Prints from Soda Bottles Make flower prints from empty soda bottles to create unique […]

Ideas to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids

It’s time for a little Spring cleaning, so why not make it fun? A special thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s quick parenting tips and creative play ideas. Here are some of our favorite ideas to make cleaning fun for kids! Get Creative with Pretend Play A simple way […]

Easiest. DIY Play Kitchen. EVER!!!

This is quite possibly the world’s easiest DIY play kitchen set EVER! All you need to make one is a sunny day, some sidewalk chalk, and some sidewalk or asphalt. Rainy days in the forecast? No worries, scroll down for a free printable version of this DIY play kitchen set for you to use indoors […]

10 Cheap Busy Bag Ideas for Kids

These busy bag ideas are a great way keep kids entertained, especially when you need a simple boredom buster with minimal set up required. Having busy bags pre-filled and ready to go is an easy way to organize materials for spontaneous play time fun whenever inspiration strikes! You probably have many of the materials to […]

Ways to Play during Spring Break

These creative ways to play during Spring Break are sure to keep the kids happily entertained while creating or spending some time outdoors! Many of these use recyclable materials, or other common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple and fun activities for kids! Here are 20 of our favorite ways to […]

Johnny Appleseed Recipes and Crafts

One of America’s greatest folk legends is Johnny Appleseed. March 11th marks Johnny Appleseed Day and you can use the recipes and crafts that follow to introduce your kids to John Chapman. Chapman’s tale is one of industry and determination. He traveled throughout the Midwest introducing apple trees to the environment and even setting up […]

Ideas for Playing in the Snow

These ideas for playing in the snow are sure to delight kids of all ages! For those of you who are still getting snow, here are some of our favorite ways to take advantage of the last of the snow days and make some FUN memories with the kids this Winter. 1. Snow Bakery This […]

Toy Fair 2014!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Toy Fair 2014 in New York City with Amy from Teach Mama and my friends from Melissa and Doug! We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to share some of the new and exciting toys Melissa and Doug are planning to release later this Fall! […]

No Cook Chocolate Scented Playdough Recipe

I wish you could have smelled my kitchen after making this no cook chocolate scented playdough! My kids absolutely loved this invitation to play pretend Valentine chocolate shop! If the kids are old enough to know not to put play dough into their mouths, you can make your own no cook chocolate scented playdough with […]

Valentine Crafts and Activities for Kids

Valentine crafts and activities for kids can be so much fun to do! I’m always up for any excuse to do something crafty, and what better excuse to make handmade gifts and cards than Valentine’s Day? Here are some of our favorite ways to play and create with the kids. A big thank you to Melissa […]