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Why Blocks Are the One Toy Every Kid Should Have on Their Shelf

by Sanya Pelini

Research that explores the effect of constructive play has found that assembling blocks comes with many benefits.

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5 Ways to Help Your Kids Enjoy Nature in Winter

by ParentCo.

With the slow crawl of the cold season, the kids beg to stay curled up in front of the TV. But getting them outside is the key to staying sane. Here's how.

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Throw a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Party

by ParentCo.

Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you don’t feel like heading out in the fray, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. Here's how.

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What Makes a Great Hannukah Gift?

by ParentCo.

I propose that the best Hannukah gifts reference the values of the holiday and contemporary Jewish culture: sacrifice, self-deprecation, humor, and food.

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6 Simple Ways to Support Your Toddler's Independent Play

by ParentCo.

Fostering solo play is vital to the growth and development of your little one - and even the clingiest of toddlers can do it. Here's how to get started.

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3 Ways to Choose Toys that Grow with your Baby

by Hannah Howard

Babies are constantly developing and transforming, Here are three ways to pick toys that will stay relevant and fun as your baby changes and grows.

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6 Surprising Lessons I Learned by Taking the Time to Play

by ParentCo.

For adults, playing isn't always easy, but if you channel your inner actor and begin to share the joy, you just might learn something.

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How to Make Art With Little Kids - Even if You Aren't Arty

by ParentCO.

At a young age I decided art wasn't for me. My coloring didn't stay inside the lines. Then I became a parent. I wanted to foster my kids' skills and creativity.

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These 7 Books Can Inspire Kids to Get Up and Move

by ParentCo.

Here are seven books that will make your child want to put down the controller and move their feet.

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Finding Playfulness in Parenting

by Rupa Mehta

Although we become parents, we never truly cease to be children. Sure, we are saddled with profound responsibilities. But we can embrace our inner kid, too.

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4 Outdoor Excursions to Beat the Summer Heat

by ParentCo.

The air conditioning is running and the kids are begging for more screen time. But we're going outside. Here are four ideas for when it's scorching outside.

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7 Reasons Why Being in Nature is Essential for Kids

by ParentCo.

There is much that nature can do for us all. The following are seven significant reasons to convince you to make more time for it with your whole family.

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Slow Down: The Value of Outdoor Adventures at Your Kids' Pace

by ParentCo.

While you're busy fretting about advancing on the trail, the kids have found a bend in the river to explore. Consider the big picture: making a memory.

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Nature as Canvas: Fun and Easy Outdoor Crafts

by Charlie Fletcher

We’ve got a ton of fun crafts you can try, as well as some of the many reasons why getting your kids outside is one of the most important things you can do.

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20 Ways to Bring Books to Life through Play

by Lisa Zaretsky

Where you read, how you read, when you read. It all matters. But the story doesn't have to end just because the book does. Extend the book beyond its pages.

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10 Outside Adventures That Require Little to No Planning

by ParentCo.

These 10 nature-based activities require very little in the way of supplies and can be implemented in (almost) a moment’s notice.

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Forget the Summer Bucket List, Play Summer Bingo Instead!

by ParentCo.

By mid-July, people begin freaking out about their summer bucket lists. But since this season is supposed all about fun, we created this summer bingo game.

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How To Spend More Time Outside As a Family

by Charlie Fletcher

While the benefits of spending time outdoors are clear, it can be hard to come up with activities that everyone will enjoy. Here are ideas for family fun.

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The Liberating Effect of Playing Outside in the Rain

by ParentCo.

Why is rain always the playing outside deal-breaker? There's a magic that happens when we turn kids (and ourselves) loose under a downpour.

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11 Toys Siblings Can Enjoy Together Squabble-Free

by ParentCo.

Is there a way to avoid the playtime battlefield? Maybe not completely, but a few select choices might encourage cooperation over competition.

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10 After-Dark Activities for Kids Who Love Nature

by ParentCo.

Even if your kids play outside during the day, these 10 activities will connect your child with the natural world at night.

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5 Ways to Foster Free Play

by ParentCo.

While we might be tempted to schedule and program our children constantly, a balance of time for free play can be extremely valuable.

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A Halloween Song to Get the Whole Family Dancing

by Dane Rivera

A new Halloween track is funky, fun, and chaotic in all the right ways — easy to dance to while still being addictive enough to sing along with. 

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10 Reasons You Should Take a Summer Road Trip with Your Kids

by ParentCo.

2,100 miles in an automobile with two kids might sound like a nightmare. But with a hearty sense of adventure (and humor) it could be the best trip ever.

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