• 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...
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    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...
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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
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    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...
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    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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    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
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    Racing Games
    Three-Legged Race
    Three-Legged RaceMaterials Scarves or fabric strips long enough for tying legs together (one for each pair of children) Two ropesDirections Divide children into pairs, matching children of similar height and build. Have each player stand next to ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
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    11 Awesome STEM Toys to Get Kids into Science & Math
    It's smart to nurture your child's love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)! Exploring science and math for fun could help give your child an edge in these subjects in school and beyond. According to the U.S. Department of Labor,...
    Erin Dower
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    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
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    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
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    Pub Games
    Pool Game: Eight Ball
    Eight Ball is a Billiard game played with a total of 15 object balls numbered 1 through 15. The goal of each player is to pocket all of his or her group of object balls 1 through 7 (or 9 through 15) and win the game. You will either play the sol...
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    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, ...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    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
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    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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Marbles
    Marbles Game
    How to Play Marbles The game of Marbles as we know it today gets its name from the practice of making children's toys from chips of marble or stone. Marrididdles, Cat's Eyes, and Taws! Winning Plays While Marbles has been played over the centu...
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    Activities and Crafts
    Activity Center
    Find endless activities for little hands.
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  • 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 t...
    Erin Dower