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  • How to Deal with Too Many Toys
    Family Life
    4 Tips for Dealing with Too Many Toys After the Holidays
    When it comes to my kids' play room, every day is like Groundhog Day. I straighten up the night before, but the next day, it's the same thing: little toys scattered across the floor, dozens of LEGOs dumped out, piles of dolls on the bed, and ba...
    Rebecca Desfosse
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    Autism
    8 Great Children's Books About Autism
    8 Great Children's Books About Autism About 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the CDC, so your family probably knows someone with autism. Help your child learn more about ASDs by reading these children's book...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Pub Games
    Cricket Dart Game
    Cricket Dart Game My brother was a big Cricket player in college. It was the first Dart game he learned to play. He said he got pretty good at it by senior year. It was how he and his frat buddies blew off steam during exam time. It is the most ...
  • Dr. Seuss
    8 Classic Dr. Seuss Books for Kids of All Ages
    Dr. Seuss books are a must-have in every child's library! To celebrate Dr. Seuss Day on March 2, we've rounded up our favorite classics by this best-selling author. Which is your favorite? ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • 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...
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    Outdoor Activities
    Top 10 Wintertime Neighborhood Games
    Just because it's cold and snowy, it doesn't mean you have to stay inside! Winter weather can be a great excuse to round up everyone in your neighborhood and get outside for some fresh air and exercise. So bundle up, and try these outdoor winter ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Harry Potter
    Where Would the Harry Potter Sorting Hat Place You?
    Are you a Harry Potter fan? Well, you may not be able to attend Hogwarts, but at least you can find out what house the Sorting Hat would choose for you by taking this quiz. ...
  • Baby Name Finder
    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
    familyeducation editors
  • 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