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Outdoor Exploration for Autumn Days

6 Oct

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Cooler weather, warm sweaters, fall often provides a prefect landscape for your child’s adventures in the great outdoors. Celebrate the autumnal season by providing your little one with unique ways to play amongst the fallen leaves. Consider these ideas for fun, outdoor recreation and help combat the impending cabin fever of the winter months.

Dynamic Play

With plenty of apple pie and pumpkin treats to be consumed and state fairs to attend, daily active play is certainly needed! Autumn is a time booming with sporting events. Encourage your child to join in on the spirit by playing a game of catch or a pick up match with neighbors and friends. Whether their game of choice is football, soccer, or basketball, the NightZone™ Sports Pack is great for light-up game play with no worries of earlier sunsets. Consider making active play a family affair by playing games like Djubi® , which is a twist on the simple game of catch but with slingshots. Needless to say that winter often hinders children’s outdoor activity so be sure to take full advantage of autumn’s possibilities.

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Cozy Atmosphere

There is just something about fall’s presence that can give you “warm and fuzzy” feelings. With plenty of seasonal books to read like Leaf Man, Pumpkin Pumpkin, and Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (just to name a few), it’s a great time to provide your child with a cozy and inviting reading space. Consider making that cozy space outside. Keep the wonderment of summer alive with the Glow N’ The Dark Firefly House Tent. The soft glow of the moon and jars of fireflies will provide your child a wonderful reading companion. You can also easily encourage their literary exploration with the Sky Chair. With a variety of colors, patterns, and even LEDS, the Sky Chair creates a comfortable, swinging nook that can be used both inside and outside. With providing cozy outdoor spaces, their reading and day dreaming is sure to provide them with sensory delight!

Whether your child is tuck away in their new hideaway or dashing across the backyard, be sure to help them soak up every moment of the autumnal fun.

25 Fun Family Activities for Fall

15 Sep

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With the start of a new school year and the anticipation of many holidays on the horizon, autumn is an exciting time for little ones. It is also a wonderful opportunity to create some family memories. Explore our list of 25 ideas to kick off some fall family fun!

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze. Snacking on classic fall treats like caramel apples or kettle corn while you are there is a bonus!
  2. Time for fall chores. After you have raked up all the leaves in your yard, help your child un-rake them by jumping in! An experience worth the work.
  3. Colder, shorter days means more quality time indoors. We suggest snuggling up with a good fall-themed book such as Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Pumpkin Soup, and Leaf Man.
  4. Carve a pumpkin for National Pumpkin Day on October 26th.
  5. Host a hot chocolate night! Create a hot cocoa bar with whip cream, chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, marshmallows, and more. Don’t forget apple cider for the non-cocoa lovers.
  6. Get crafty using nature! Use leaves, pinecones, acorns, and rocks as your paintbrush.
  7. Attend a fall festival or local fair. Look for new festivals in neighboring towns so you are sure not to miss out on the fall festivities!
  8. Check the weather for a nice clear, chilly night. Build a backyard bonfire and warm up together. Grab some homemade quilts and roast some s’mores. Don’t forget to be prepared with some ghost stories!
  9. Cold weather got you down? Have an indoor family game night! We suggest the Exit Games and the Jungle Party Memory Game or go old school and play Connect 4, Twister, Sorry!, and Trouble.
  10. Celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day on September 26th by visiting an apple orchard.
  11. Make some DIY fall décor such as a leave garland and an autumnal wreath.
  12. Nothing beats the smells and sights of going on a classic hayride.
  13. Celebrate the autumnal season by baking some pie! With apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, and more, you are sure to find something to excite everyone’s taste buds.
  14. Take your child to a family-friendly tailgate. There is something special about the camaraderie and excitement of eating food and playing yard games outside on game day.shutterstock_375843820.jpg
  15. Create an autumn looking jar. Take a clear mason jar or vase and fill to the top with little items that are the sights and smells of fall. You can use leaves, acorns, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and even mini pumpkins and squish to fill the jar.. Makes for a gorgeous dinner table centerpiece!
  16. Make Fall Slime (see instructions here) or apple slime (see instructions here).
  17. Cook up some homemade soup or chili to warm up a cold night.
  18. Clean out your closets! The change of the season gives the perfect excuse to go out with the old and in with the new!
  19. Visit a museum. Be sure to check for special fall festivities.
  20. Celebrate National Taco Day on October 4th.
  21. Create beautiful décor that will last the season by painting a pumpkin instead of carving one. You can even add glitter!
  22. Go leaf looking. Be sure to check to see when the peak leaf color time is in your area and then go take a nature walk.
  23. Get outside. Although the weather may be chillier, fall is a great time to fight off the soon-to-be winter cabin fever. Have some glowy fun with the NightZone™ Sports Pack or play catch with the unique Djubi® Game.
  24. Make gorgeous leaf lanterns (see instructions here).
  25. Relax and prioritize. The upcoming holidays can be a stressful time. Remember who and what is important to you and simply cherish the autumn moments.

No matter what you choose to do, be sure to take advantage of this exciting season and spend some quality time making precious memories with

3 Kid-Approved Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

14 Jul

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Temperatures are high, and finding ways to beat the heat can be quite challenging. So, we put together a list of ways to cool off with your little one this summer.

Homemade Cool Sweet Treats

Enjoy sweet treats like sno cones and homemade ice cream to cool off with your child this summer.

Sno Cones 

The PAW Patrol™ Sno Cone Maker is perfect for making healthy, icy snacks with your youngster. With the help of Chase, Everest, and Marshall, you and your little one can make sno cones out of frozen fruit, juice, and yogurt. Your child will love enjoying shaved ice with you and the PAW Patrol pals.

Homemade Ice Cream

 Another chilly treat to consider making this summer is homemade ice cream. Check out the easy ice cream recipe below!

 Ingredients:

14.5 ounces of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

*Note: Extra ingredients (i.e., fudge, candy berries) are optional.

What to Do:

  1. Place all three main ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients with an electric whisk for five minutes. (Be careful! Don’t over-whisk the mixture!)
  3. You can add optional ingredients when you see thick, whipped peaks in the mixture.
  4. Place the mixture into a baking pan and freeze for 8 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/07/easy-homemade-ice-cream-recipe/

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Outside Water Fun

A classic way to cool off in the summer is with water play! Encourage your little one to beat the heat by splashing in the Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table™. This water table sounds like a real rainfall! Your child can experiment with dumping water in the top tier to create a showering effect. The Waterwheel Play Table is also perfect for staying cool, and it encourages cause and effect learning! Lastly, the PAW Patrol Bath Squirters™ Set is perfect for not only the bathtub, but also beach and pool water fun. Your little one will love playing with his or her favorite PAW Patrol pals to cool off. Encourage your child to beat the heat with water play this summer!

Relax in the AC with Books and Movies

Another great way to cool down is to relax inside and read books. You can then watch the corresponding movies with your child and compare the two! We suggest reading the following five books and watching the corresponding movies.

 1. Cat in the Hat

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Everyone loves this classic Dr. Seuss book! Read it to your youngster and watch the movie together afterwards.

2. Charlotte’s Web

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Read Charlotte’s Web, a famous story about Wilbur the pig, with your little one and enjoy the movie too!

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Enjoy this lighthearted series with your child and compare the movies to the books!

4. Madeline

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Go on adventures with Madeline and her friends by reading this book and watching the movie!

5. Where the Wild Things Are

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This classic story is sure to keep your little one engaged! Read the book and watch the movie to see how they are similar and different.

What do you plan to do to beat the heat with your child this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

Fun Ideas for Family Staycations

22 Jun

shutterstock_40209769Are you looking for enjoyable and affordable ways to entertain your child during summer break? Consider having a staycation and making your home the hangout. Staycations can be just as fun as vacations if you are equipped with fun games to play and have exciting activities planned. The following are cheap staycation ideas for your family this summer.

Family Game Night

Include family game night in your summer staycation! Playing games as a family is fun way to bond. Consider playing Claws, Jaws, & Paws during your game night. This two to six player game is simple and entertaining, and your family will love playing it together. Exit Games are also perfect for game night. These strategy games, including Secret Lab, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and Abandoned Cabin, are ultimate brainteasers. Tenzi is also perfect for family game night. Your family will be hooked on this speedy game! Game night is a fun family staycation idea that your family will love.

Minute to Win It Competitions

Host Minute to Win It competitions at your house. Consider having a bubble popping competition as the first Minute to Win It activity. Turn on the Mr. Bubble® Double Bubble Blower Machine and have everyone see how many bubbles they can pop in one minute. We suggest having a couple of rounds so that each participant can have a personal counter to keep tally of the amount of bubbles popped. The person who pops the most bubbles in each round wins. Then, have all the winners compete to see who the ultimate bubble popper is. Another game we recommend is seeing who can build the tallest tower possible in one minute with Click Builders. The person with the tallest tower wins! A final Minute to Win It game we suggest is stacking and unstacking a pyramid with Speed Stacks Rapid Stacking Game. The participant who finishes unstacking his or her pyramid first is the winner. These games are perfect for many ages, so invite all your family and friends!

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Dance Parties

Everyone loves dance parties! Get your children moving and grooving with a dance party during your summer staycation. What’s a dance party without music? Make and build your own speaker with the IllumiCraft™ Light-Up Cell Phone Speaker Dock STEM Kit, then turn up the tunes! You can even download Kidz Bop 25 to your cell phone to play the biggest hits through your speaker. The next most important part of a dance party is the lighting. Jazz up your dance party room with the LockerBrightz™ Geometric Room Light. The whole family will love the good music, good lighting, and good times.

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Backyard Campouts

Make a backyard campout part of your family’s summer staycation. First, you’ll need to pitch a tent right in your backyard. Your family can spend time telling ghost stories and making s’mores by a fire. However, it will get dark outside, so make sure you are prepared with outdoor lights. You can even put BugBrightz™ Magical String Lights in a jar to make your own lantern. Your children will love exploring new adventures with you during your backyard campout this summer.

Make this summer one to remember with family game nights, Minute to Win It competitions, dance parties and backyard camping. The memories your family will make participating in these affordable activities will prove to be priceless. Your child will love enjoying fun family staycations this summer.

Do you have any family staycation ideas to share? Let us know by commenting below!

 

 

Extreme Backyard Summer Activities for Kids

19 Jun

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School is officially out and summer is in full swing! Your child will love playing activities this summer right in your backyard. The following are ideas for extreme backyard summer activities your youngster can participate in during their summer vacation.

DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course

Satisfy your active child by setting up a backyard obstacle course American Ninja Warrior style! Encourage your child to invite friends over to complete the course together. Only two at a time, though! You could even turn it in to a competition to see who the American Ninja Warrior backyard course champion is. Have the course begin with X-Shot™ Bubble Balls. The first person to knock the other down gets to advance to the next obstacle. The person who was knocked down must face the next participant in line. Once through the bubble ball obstacle, have the children go up and back down the Slackers 8′ NinjaLine™ Rope Ladder. Then, set up the Slackers 30’ NinjaLine Intro Kit as the ultimate challenge. Finally, the participant to make it to the Slackers Swing Seat in the quickest amount of time wins! Your child will love enjoying extreme outdoor fun this summer.

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Backyard Sports Tournaments

Host backyard basketball, football, and soccer tournaments in the dark with the NightZone™ Sports Pack! These sports balls have a strip of light in the middle, which makes them perfect for nighttime play. Playing ball in the dark will make the challenge even harder (and more fun too)! You can even come up with your own DIY backyard games to play with the light-up balls. Invite friends and family, grill out, and play the summer night away. The winner gets bragging rights! But most of all, everyone will enjoy laughing together and playing summer backyard sports for kids.

Your child will love participating in extreme backyard summer activities this summer, especially with family and friends. Go to the extreme, and make this summer one to remember!

What extreme activities will you have in your backyard this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!

 

Having Fun with (Play) Food!

9 Jun

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The change of season brings yummy summer foods that everyone loves! From food trucks to summer cookouts, your little one will love eating delicious food with you. Exploring different foods can be a learning exploration for your child. Allow your little one to experience making his or her own summer (play) foods.

Food Trucks

Food trucks are a fun part of summer that many people look forward to! Your little one can participate in food truck fun with the Mega Bloks® First Builders™ Food Truck Kitchen Set. This food truck set comes equipped with the tools to make burgers, which is a classic food truck item. However, nowadays many different types of foods are served out of food trucks. Consider allowing your child to think out of the box with a sushi or pasta food truck. Vamp up your child’s food truck set with the Roll, Wrap & Slice Sushi Counter. Serving sushi out of their truck is sure to bring in the crowds. The Prepare & Serve Pasta Set could also be a great addition to your child’s personal food truck. Pasta is always a hit! From burgers to sushi to pasta, your child will love the food truck experience.

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Summer Grilling

Cookouts are so much fun in the summer sun! While experiencing an enjoyable evening with family and friends, your little one is sure to want to join in on the cooking. New Sprouts® Grill It! allows your child to have fun grilling alongside you. Equipped with steak, chicken breast, and burgers, this grill set will help your child learn to be a master griller this summer. After supper, dessert is always served at cookouts, and your little one will definitely want to help with the cake baking. Your child can make his or her own (play) cake in the oven of the Chef’s Play Kitchen & Bonus Accessory Set. Your little one will enjoy getting to be just like you with their personal play kitchen. Playing a part in the summer grilling fun will make your child feel like he or she is an excellent helper.

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The different experiences your child can have with food this summer can serve as teachable moments for you to use as a parent. Introduce your child to different foods by allowing him or her to taste and pretend to make them. Making the experience of trying new foods fun is sure to make your little one more excited about preparing and trying new foods in the future. Your child will love having fun with (play) food this summer!

What’s your child’s favorite (play) food dish to make? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

Make a Splash! Family Fun with Water

2 Jun

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Summertime is upon us, and high temperatures are coming in hot. Staying cool while still enjoying the sunshine is often a challenge. The following five ideas will help you beat the heat with your family this summer season.

 1. Play in the Sprinkler

The Grub Scouts’ Sprinkler by Melissa & Doug® is perfect for an afternoon of water fun! Running and jumping through the sprinkler is enjoyable for kids of many ages. Allow your children to invite friends over to join in on the sprinkler party. The more the merrier! Playing in the sprinkler is a simple, affordable way to stay cool while entertaining your family. The minimum set up still yields maximum fun! Your family will love spending time together splashing in the sprinkler.

2. Host Family Water Game Competitions

Tell your family to bring their game faces because it’s competition time! Playing water games with your family is sure to even get the teenagers moving. Consider hosting an Active Edge® Splash & Blast Aqua Hockey tournament! Aqua hockey is air hockey with a twist, and it will be a huge family hit! The Big Kahuna & Lil Kahuna Ball Set is fitting for any and all water games as well. The Kahuna balls are designed to bounce off of any body of water, which makes them perfect for water game competitions. No matter your game choice, allow the champion to pick the dinner menu for the night.

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 3. Float in the Pool

Splash or relax in the pool to cool off on hot summer days. Taking a dip in the pool is ideal for all members of the family. Your youngsters can splash while you relax. The Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon™ Inflatable Ride-On Float is fun for Star Wars lovers of many ages. Whether you want to catch some rays or your child wants to pretend they are in the latest Star Wars movie, this float is sure to please everyone. Enjoy chilling in the pool with your family this summer.

4. Splish Splash in a Colorful Outdoor Bath

Entertain your little one with extended bath time outside. Fill up a kiddie pool and watch your child splash away. Make the experience even more enjoyable by utilizing Color My Bath Color Changing Bath Tablets (300 tablets). Watching the colors mix will captivate your child, and you can check bath time off the to-do list! Enjoy quality time and make bath time fun for your little one this summer.

5. Have a Water Balloon Fight

A water balloon fight can be a family affair from the very beginning. Have everyone help with filling up the balloons to accomplish the task in a timely manner. Teamwork makes the dream work! After everyone works together to fill up the balloons, then the fun begins! Engaging in this exciting activity with your family is a guaranteed recipe for laughter and wetness. After a hot day, being hit with water balloons will actually feel refreshing! The best part about the water balloon fight will be the memories made with family.

 

How do you plan to beat the heat this summer? Share your ideas by commenting below!