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  • Collage of Halloween snacks
    Food
    7 Pinterest-Approved Halloween Party Treats
    The sight of pumpkins, ghouls, Hocus Pocus on repeat and spooky Halloween decorations are all around us. Halloween is such a fun time of year as a kid! I remember spending all of October debating with friends about what to dress up as and spendi...
    Kaitlin Crehan
  • diverse group of kids on playground
    Active Play
    The Importance of Play in 21st Century Learning
    Child’s play. It’s a term used to describe a task that’s easily tackled and quick to master. Mindless work. But are the games children play just a mindless distraction, or is there an intrinsic value to play? Many experts would tell you tha...
    Laurie Mega
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Toy Story Land Is Everything
    Travel and Vacations
    5 Reasons Why Disney's New Toy Story Land Is Everything
    Courtesy Disney The much anticipated Toy Story Land is finally open at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL! Woody and Buzz fans have been dying to see what Disney would pull out of their magic sleeves for this park, and no one is disappoi...
  • The Best of Netflix for Summer Learning
    Kids and Tv
    Beat the Summer Slump With These 10 Learning Shows on Netflix
    I start every summer with the same declaration to my husband: "We're taking the kids on a million adventures this summer! No TV for those two!" Then comes a rainy day, or a 100-degree day, or a day when we are just too tired to plan anything. Ine...
    Laurie Mega
  • Fourth of July
    Our 5 Favorite Celebrity Family Pics From the 4th of July
    Independence Day is the perfect time to get together with family and celebrate this great country. And our favorite celebrities were no exception! Here are our favorite 4th of July family pics! Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore captured this fun mom...
    Laurie Mega
  • 21 Free Educational Apps for Kids
    Mobile Apps
    21 Free Educational Apps for Kids
    Educational apps are a great and fun way to keep your kids learning outside of the classroom, but the cost of all those apps can add up fast. Luckily, there are plenty of free apps for kids that are both educational and fun but won't break the ba...
    Colleen Hughes
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
    Curious World
  • Pros and Cons: Living Near Active Volcanoes
    School and Learning
    Pros and Cons: Living Near Volcanoes
    This full-color, informative printable will challenge your kids to think about the risks and benefits of living near an active volcano. This resource from ScienceWerkz: Earth's Landforms interactive courseware is brought to you by Nodma. Sc...
  • Moms-to-Be Can Beat the Heat With These Movies in Theaters
    Pregnancy
    Moms-to-Be Can Beat the Heat With These Must-See Summer Movies
    If you're in your second or third trimester—heck, even if you're in your first—the summer heat can be a real challenge. With summer fast approaching, you're going to need an escape plan. How about the movies? What could be better? It's air-c...
    Laurie Mega
  • 6 Ways to Show Mom You Love Her
    Mother's Day
    6 Sweet Ways to Show the Mom in Your Life You Love Her
    Mother's Day is fast approaching, and the pressure is on to show the mom in your life just how much you love and appreciate her.  3 Incredibly Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts Here are a few gift ideas for Mother's Day the mom in your life is s...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • How to Play Charades
    Family Games
    How to Play Charades
    Directions Choose a player to start the game. The player thinks of a book title, a famous person's name, a saying, a movie title or a song title to pantomime. He should choose something with which the others will be familiar. If you like, design...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Outdoor Families on Instagram
    Family Life
    4 Outdoor Parents You Should Follow on Instagram
    Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. After a crazy-long winter, it's time to get the kids unplugged and outside. We've been getting some serious inspiration from some outdoor adventurers who take their kids, and their cameras, wherever ...
    Laurie Mega
  • Kids
    Family Life
    DIY Kids' Room Renovation Ideas
    A kid’s room is more than a place to sleep. It’s an oasis where kids can let their imaginations run wild. Your kid’s room is the perfect place to let yourself get a little creative with the design. That’s why we’ve sleuthed out some of ...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • Easter Crafts for Kids
    Easter
    10 Cute Easter Crafts for Kids
    Easter is almost here!  If your family is anything like mine, Easter means a huge family gathering full of little ones. If you've got a whole bunch of kids descending on your house, these fun and easy Easter crafts will keep the kids entertain...
  • 10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids
    Mobile Apps
    10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids' Mobile Use
    Kids and mobile devices can be a scary mix. Whether your toddler is just starting to use your family tablet or your teen has a new smartphone of her own, check out the wide variety of apps and software — free and paid — that you can use to mo...
    Erin Dower
  • Fact Monster, a safe space for kids to find homework help
    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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  • Famous Bunnies for Easter
    Easter
    Beyond the Easter Bunny: 10 Other Famous Rabbits
    The Easter Bunny gets all the press come springtime, but some other rabbits have made their mark in popular culture. We did a roundup of our favorite famous bunnies, just for fun. The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland) The White Rabbit is the...