More and more research shows the positive effects outdoor play has on young children, and summer is the perfect time to capitalize on that. When kids are outside in nature, they build confidence as they use their bodies for new feats, take on more challenges, and explore the world around them.
You can make a rainbow on a window sill, rainbows in the dark, and rainbows in the backyard using simple things like water, a mirror, and a flashlight. You can create rainbows from CDs and crystals and even swirl rainbows in your milk. There are lots of other colorful things to do with rainbows, so don't wait for a lucky rainbow day. Make your own rainbows today.
When planning a day at the beach, don't forget these nine beach essentials. These nine items are must-haves for a great day at the beach.
Christmas is nearing and Hatchimals are a hot toy of the season. While Hatchimals may offer instant gratification, we are choosing to hatch real chicks for the education and real-life experience.
The benefits of playing memory games with your child are huge, making it easier for them to learn multiplication tables, math facts, and more. Your child will love these fun memory games.
Here are the best books for children ages 2-6 that cover Chinese culture and feature children with Chinese heritage.
Stimulating a child's love of learning is one of the most important tasks for parents and teachers. Find out what photography can do to make it fun.
Activities and lesson plans for We're Going on a Bear Hunt like sequencing, repetition, five senses, basic geography, and facing fears, with videos, links, and more.
Learning about fingerprints and taking them is a fun experiment that also gives instant results. This project appeals to a wide variety of ages.
Make creations that glow in the dark by making your own glowing chalk. Mix up a batch of homemade glow chalk using a highlighter, glow paint, or even glow powder. Or grab a box of Crayola Glow Chalk for a glowing project to stir together.
Combining education and entertainment is important to the development of a child’s brain. They will always pay more attention to fun things, and if those things can teach them a thing or two, everybody wins.
Simple ways to introduce children to gardening! Plus, alternative ideas to teach kids about growing fruits and vegetables without a backyard garden.
Here are 10 fun outdoor activities for grandparents to do with their grandchildren. Take kids out into the fresh air and sunshine, enjoy nature and have fun!
Here you will find some ideas to introduce creative play to your child at home. Creativity is all about your child learning and discovering, using their imagination to explore and create.
Tips for an educational, active, fun, fall outdoor scavenger hunt for kids. Includes ideas for autumn hunt items, photo hunts, and a display of the items found.
The weather is finally getting warmer and the days are growing longer. It's time to get outside with the kids and do fun things that cost virtually nothing. Go on a scavenger hunt. Eat green eggs and ham to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. Make a "bug bottle," and learn how to compost!
In this article, you will learn lots of fun and unexpected ways to use glow sticks, including games and party ideas as well as decor ideas for weddings and birthdays.
An outdoors Hunger Games game, invented and tested by kids and teens. It needs no fancy equipment, and includes a tag to print out to use in your game.
Potluck playdates are a simple way to bring families together, and they're also easy on your budget. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Spending quality time together as a family is important. Here are 6 simple ways to spend more time together with your family.
Autumn is a wonderful time of year to spend time outdoors as a family. This article highlights fall activities that are fun for kids of all ages.
Looking for some fun science projects to do with kids? Here are eight weather-related projects that are both educational and interactive.
The bullets below have been taken from a kids environmental education program. It is very nice to see that kids in the 21st century learn environmentally friendly lifestyle from the very early days!
Winter will be here before we know it. Instead of hibernating inside and dreaming of spring, plan to get outside for some family fun this winter. Here are my top five suggestions for inexpensive family fun in the snow.
Keep your kids amused with dress up clothes and craft boxes without spending a fortune. Teach your children to cook and have fun.
Outdoor play is important for early childhood development. Here are five inexpensive ideas that will make your backyard more engaging.
Coming up with activities to do with children can be hard—especially if you're doing it on the spot. Doing a little planning will make the day (or visit) go a lot smoother and will be a lot more fun.
Grills cause hundreds of injuries during the year. Follow these safety tips to keep your children safe around the grill.
These 14 great Valentine's Day crafts to make with your kids will allow them to express themselves, learn some new skills, and receive the satisfaction of giving good gifts to others that come from the heart.
The late days of summer can stretch on forever, leaving your children bored and restless. Here are seven free activities you may not have tried yet, all enriching, educating, and sure to entertain.
Here are some fantastic books to read with your kids in November to discuss hibernation, migration, the weather, the seasonal changes, and how humans and animals alike prepare for the winter. There are some really funny ones scattered in along with some great stories of the real Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
It's Pumpkin Time! and everything that goes with it, from growing in the garden to harvest celebrations, and even a little bit of Halloween. Read this book as part of an October story hour or preschool circle time, then try some of the pumpkin-themed activities on your own.
Every parent needs a go-to list of free activities to do with your kids anytime. Sometimes life gets hectic, and no one wants to have to spend a great deal of money to entertain their kids if they don't have to. And you don't! Check out some of these fun activities below for some inspiration.
Cheap and easy science fair projects seem to be harder and harder to find. This how to guide will demonstrate several very affordable projects you can use to make your kid's day or just to spend some quality time together.
So you want to take your kid on a road trip but they always end up car sick? Here are five fun games to play in the car with your family that encourage queasy passengers to keep their eyes ahead.
A list of 300+ words for kids playing Pictionary, with easy, medium, and hard clues for children of different skill levels, as well as several categories, from movies and video games to food and drink.
The song presents various features that made it popular in the 50s and 60s and still make it appealing to contemporary families: parent-child connection, a child’s wish, and an atmosphere of mystery.
Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this summer? Find 5 fun bubble activities to share with your children. Includes homemade bubble solution recipes.
Penguin Day is a real holiday! Teach your children about penguins with some easy and inexpensive fun. Get some penguin facts, recipes, penguin craft ideas. January 20 is Penguin Day
Did you know about National Teddy Bear Picnic day?! What an excellent opportunity to throw a little party for your kids! We did it last year, and this year I went all out. We had a blast!
Grandparenting long distance can be fun using the new technology of the iPhone Face Time feature. Use it to create your own free iPhone games to keep grandkids engaged in conversation.
We have all heard about making slime at home for your children, but why not up your slime game with fluffy slime? Your kid will thank you!
You don't have to spend a great deal of money in order to make great memories with your kids. It really doesn't matter what you do, as long as you are 100% there with them in the middle of the action, that's what makes the best memories.
All 11-, 12-, 13-, and 14-year-olds should have ways to make money, and they should also have the opportunity to start their own business should they want to. Learn how!
Learn age appropriate tips for helping your child build sand castles and sculptures. Includes how to video and photos taken at the annual Rehoboth Beach Sand Castle Contest.
Looking for a fun way to teach kids or teens about the concept of investment risk? This game teaches the correlation of risk to return using candies such as Skittles in an easy-to-learn dice game.
Looking for fun outdoor games for kids? Here is a list of fun, natural, and free outside and backyard activities for you and your toddlers and preschoolers. Get outside and play!
How my daughter taught me a lesson about reality by refusing to play with playdough until after she knew how to shape bread dough.
Origami fortune tellers are fun and allows the child to pretend to answer questions about the future as well as count letters and numbers.
Most women in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) are married, stay-at-home moms, but single moms can still find support and encouragement in the group.
Ever wanted to own gallons of Silly Putty? Make your own using some very common, inexpensive ingredients.
Bring your indoor board games outdoors to your driveway with sidewalk chalk. Get active when you and your kids become the game pieces!
Is your young, gifted child interested in quantum physics? This article is about bringing complex science into the home in a child-friendly way.
“Would You Rather” is a cute and funny game that can be played by kids as a way to get to know one another! Here are 50 "Would You Rather..." questions for kids!
Tons of fun activities for each of the five senses with hands-on exploration, songs, books, art projects, and much more.
A natural playground contains elements from nature, such as trees, grass, rocks, sand, and water. It's a great place for both active play and creative play.
Get your kids to help clear autumn leaves and make it less of a chore. Here are some ideas to make it more fun for both of you.