• Entertainment and Activities
    Nature Art
    Bird's Nest
    Bird's Nest Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Heavy-duty poster board Mud Leaves and grass Sticks, twigs, and pine needles If you have the chance, show your child a real-life bir...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Outdoor Games
    Firefly, Firefly
    Firefly, Firefly Activity for a group Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Flashlight You can play this game during the day, but it so much more fun in the dark. All players stand in a circle. Select one person to ...
  • Weekend and Day Trips
    Top 10 Family Weekend Activities
    Do you have trouble finding something to do that the whole family can enjoy? Don't worry! These activities make perfect family outings for those weekends when you and the kids need to get out of the house. In good weather or bad, you're bound to ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Nighttime Binoculars
    Nighttime Binoculars Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 2 toilet paper tubes 4 large rubber bands 2 squares clear plastic wrap or tinted cellophane Crayons Star-shaped stickers (o...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Cloud Watching
    Cloud Watching Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 30 minutes This classic activity is still one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. What a great way to spend some quiet and quality time with your y...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Tag
    Shadow Tag
    Shadow Tag Activity for two people Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes This game can be played with more than two, but it tends to get too chaotic. The game must be played outdoors in the morning or late afternoon when the s...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    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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    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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Sand Art
    Sandy Roadway
    Sandy Roadway Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Sand box with sand Flat spatula Small toy cars and trucks Small blocks (optional) Toy or handmade mini road signs (optional) This ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Scavenger Hunt
    Pirates' Treasure
    Pirates' Treasure Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: Sand box with sand Small rocks (large enough not to pose a choking hazard) Gold spray paint Your toddler will enjoy searching ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Beaches
    Beach Cast
    Beach Cast Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Pie tin or other small container Small shovel Wet sand Seashells, driftwood, and other medium-sized beach items Plaster of paris Wate...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Outdoor Games
    Penny Pitching
    Penny PitchingMaterials Pennies, beads, or small rocks A wall Chalk Directions Start this game by drawing boundaries next to a wall and away from it, about four feet apart and six feet long. Draw another line at the top of the playing area. To st...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Beaches
    Beach Towels
    Beach Towels Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Fabric paints in a variety of colors Pie tins (one for each color) Sponges Scissors Large light-colored towel Here is a chance to l...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Beaches
    Beach Obstacle Course
    Beach Obstacle Course Activity for an individual child or group Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Small plastic beach shovel A stick All you need is a shovel and a stick to create a fun beach activity for your c...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Nature Art
    Pressing Flowers
    Pressing Flowers One way to make the green seasons last is with flower crafts. Flower pressing is easy enough for anyone to do, and it offers possibilities that can challenge even the most skilled craftsperson. Flower pressing is a great way to ...
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    Water Play
    5 Best Backyard Water Games for All Ages
    Backyard water games are a blast for kids of all ages. When the temperatures start to rise, break out the hose and sprinklers and cool off with these wet and wild games. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    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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    Earth Day Activities and Crafts
    Trail Mix
    Trail Mix Trail mix is a versatile food that can be made at home and taken on hikes or picnics for instant energy. You might want to try some of these recipes or experiment with your own combinations. Just mix the ingredients together in a bowl ...