7 Amazing 1st Birthday Ideas for Girls

A girl’s first birthday should be celebrated as a milestone for both her and her family. So much has changed since she came into the world—she’s learning to walk, talk, and explore her environment. And now, for the first time, she’s having a birthday! Make the party memorable with our 1st birthday ideas for girls. Give her a gift she and her parents will treasure forever. Child’s bracelet Children are often fascinated with their parent’s

7 Great 1st Birthday Ideas for Boys

Choosing a first birthday gift can be challenging. You want something that will delight child and parents alike: a gift that’s fun, but also commemorative. Ideally, a first birthday gift will be treasured for a lifetime—and possibly even be passed onto the little one’s own children. To help you make this momentous decision (and we say that without exaggeration) we’ve come up with a list of seven 1st birthday ideas for boys that will be

Back to School Gift Ideas

Whether or not to give a child back to school gifts is a hot parenting topic. Some parents think back to school gifts encourage self-esteem and academic performance. Others feel gifts essentially bribe children into learning, when learning should just be expected from them. A third, and somewhat sneaky, option exists. Choose school supplies the child needs, but seem like gifts to the child. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite back

5 Reasons to Read & Play Outdoors This Summer

A number of factors have led to American children spending more and more time indoors. Passive entertainment such as television, computers, and video games can make it difficult to get the kids outside. Concerns with safety make many parents leery of unsupervised outdoor play, while busy adult schedules often interfere with supervised play. Still, it’s well worth the effort to encourage children and play and read outdoors. Healthy Living Childhood obesity rates are at an all-time high.

5 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make with Kids

A teacher once described kindergarten music lessons as “noisemakers with noisemakers,” and it’s certainly true. If you’ve got the tolerance for some unique music, however, letting kids make and play their own instruments is a great way to let them express themselves. Here are five music crafts kids will love to make before forming their own bands. Plastic Bottle Maracas You’ll need: Plastic bottles with tops Sand, rice, lentils, beans, dried peas Sticky-back contact paper Funnel Stickers

Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

A summer reading program encourages children to explore books and keep those all-important reading skills fresh while school isn’t in session. For kids who love reading, a summer reading program’s a great way to earn small prizes for doing something they enjoy anyway, while those same prizes offer an incentive for children who need more practice reading, or who you’re trying to encourage to read more. Local Library Programs Your local library probably offers some type of

Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Rainy days seem to last forever when you’re a kid-or when you’re a parent with bored children. Sure, you can turn on the television or have fun playing video games together, but these aren’t your only options. If you’re looking for non-electronic activities while you wait for the sun to come back out, we’ve got a few for you right here. Make a Blanket Fort Drape sheets between chairs and couches to make a billowy, fun fort.

Set Your Children Up for Success with Reading

America has a reading problem. According to the National Institute of Literacy, 14 percent of Americans cannot read and 21 percent of adults read below a grade five level. considering that reading is vital to academic and business success, these statistics are appalling. Given these numbers, it’s more important than ever to instill an early love of reading in children. Here are few suggestions to give your child a lifelong gift: the gift of reading. Start Early

Easy Father’s Day Gifts Crafts

Father’s Day offers a chance to show Dads and Grandpas just how much they’re loved-and plenty of opportunities to get little hands crafting. Here are three Father’s Day Craft gifts that are easy to make and sure to put a smile on Dad’s face. Dad’s Day Mugs Surprisingly easy to make, these mugs can be gently hand-washed after the paint hardens-just keep them out of the dishwasher! You’ll need: White ceramic Mug Food-grade Painters Pens

How to Keep Your Child Reading in The Summer

No school, family vacations, and the great outdoors all combine to make summer a magical time for children. With that magic comes the risk your child’s steadily developing reading skills will stagnate in favor of other activities, leaving them at a disadvantage when the next school year starts. If you notice your child’s reading drops off during the summer, here are a few suggestions to get him or her back on track. Combine Reading with Family Trips

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Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Kids

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Fun Activities for a Baby’s First Easter

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Winter Kids’ Activities and Games

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Learn about Influential Leaders for Black History Month

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Have Fun with Pets on National Pet Day

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9 Family Activities for Summer Weekends