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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Vocabulary Memory Game for Kids
    Vocabulary Memory Game for Kids This game is best played when your child has a set of vocabulary words he needs to learn. In school, this frequently happens when there are words that are specific to a theme or are found in a book he's reading. I...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Learning to Read: Sight Word Catcher Game
    Learning to Read: Sight Word Catcher Game As your child begins to learn sight words, practice vocabulary, and look for high-frequency words in the world and print around her, she needs a way to do it without it feeling like work. It can be more...
  • Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
    Earth Day
    Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
    Celebrate Earth Day every day by reading some of these great children's books about Mother Earth, recycling, planting trees, and all things green! Fittingly, most of them are printed on recycled or eco-friendly paper. Looking for more? Use our...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Boredom Busters: Sixty-Second Word Family Naming
    Boredom Busters: Sixty-Second Word Family Naming The Sixty-Second Word Family Naming game is an easy game to play to keep your child occupied when you're standing on a line somewhere or in the car. Once you've introduced the game to your child a...
  • Plastic Magnetic Letters
    Indoor Activities
    Learning the Alphabet: Letter-Sound Laundry Games for Kids
    Learning the Alphabet: Letter-Sound Laundry Games for Kids Your child might be able to recognize the letters of the alphabet, and he might be able to recognize the sounds those letters make, but can he put those two skills together? Playing the...
  • Young boy taking picture outside using smartphone camera
    Kids and Cell Phones
    7 Tips to Childproof Your Smartphone
    Raise your hand if your child thinks your phone is just another one of her toys. We all know the feeling! Smartphones can be a great source for educational entertainment for children, but let's face it — curious kids have the uncanny ability to...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Best classic board games for kids
    Board Games
    Top 10 Best Classic Board Games for Kids
    It's raining. It's pouring...and the kids are climbing the walls! Don't sweat it! There are plenty of classic board games for kids to get into. They're fun for the whole family -- and they'll keep your kids away from their screens for a few hours...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • STEM Toys for Kids
    Best Toys
    11 Awesome STEM Toys to Get Kids Into Science and Math
    It's smart to nurture your child's love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)! According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many STEM fields are growing, and STEM jobs pay nearly double the average salary of other U.S. jobs. See whic...
    Erin Dower
  • Glass baby bottle with rubber nipple
    Environmental Awareness
    8 Everyday Alternatives to Help Your Family Go Plastic-Free
    You've likely heard about Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates in plastics, but do you know the effects they can have on your family's health? According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), BPA, found in many reusable water bottles, food contai...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • TallyTots preschool math app
    Mobile Apps
    Top 10 Math & Science Apps for Your Whiz Kid
    Want to encourage your child's love of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Download these cool apps for all ages, which allow kids to dabble in everything from counting and fractions to astronomy and computer programmi...
    Erin Dower
  • 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
  • Interactive Alphabet ABCs App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Apps to Help Kids Learn to Read
    From learning the alphabet to stringing letter sounds together, reading requires a foundation of many skills. These interactive apps can help provide the building blocks of reading, focusing on literacy skills including phonetic awareness, site w...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Ladybugs Bookshelf App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best E-Reading Apps for Kids
    Whether your child likes reading fiction, non-fiction, magazines, or storybooks, these top-rated apps will help build her own personal library and encourage her love of reading. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • kids being creative using apps
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Creative Apps for Kids
    Foster your child's creative side during tech time! Check out these top-rated art, music, imagination-play, and creative-thinking apps for kids of all ages. ...
    Erin Dower
  • Little Tikes Tunnel and Dome Climber
    Best Toys
    Top 10 New Outdoor Toys for Summer
    It's time to stock up on summer toys for your kids! Check out these fun new summer toys and games that are sure to be a hit for yard and beach playtime. Also, search our Toy Finder for new ride-on toys and bikes for all ages. ...
    Erin Dower
  • Baby Name Finder
    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
    familyeducation editors
  • 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