• Talk Like a Pirate Day
    Make the Most Out of Talk Like a Pirate Day Make the Most Out of Talk Like a Pirate Day

    Make the Most Out of Talk Like a Pirate Day

Make the Most Out of Talk Like a Pirate Day

As parents, we see recurring themes when kids make-believe. Princesses, superheroes, teachers, firefighters, ballerinas, animals and yes, pirates. As Jake and his Neverland Pirates continue to air and Halloween draws near, I’m increasingly seeing kids pretend to become pirates. Speaking of, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and is fast-approaching. It makes a great opportunity for kids (and us parents) forget our day jobs and just…pretend. Sure, we can all throw in a [...]

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    Family Activity Idea – Spring Flower Frame Family Activity Idea – Spring Flower Frame

    Family Activity Idea – Spring Flower Frame

Family Activity Idea – Spring Flower Frame

After what seemed to be the never-ending winter, parts of the country are finally experiencing spring time in full swing. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and kids everywhere are getting the itch to begin summer break! Celebrate spring with the kids and create a spring-themed flower frame. Here’s what you’ll need: 8 craft sticks Tacky glue Paint Paint brush Felt or construction paper Scissors Puff paint Optional: Photo of the kids! And here’s [...]

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    Can Technology be Used to Support Imagination? Can Technology be Used to Support Imagination?

    Can Technology be Used to Support Imagination?

Can Technology be Used to Support Imagination?

Screen Time. This seems to be the buzz phrase lately in my circle of mom friends. If you’re not familiar with it, screen time typically refers to any time that is spent in front of screen, like computers, tablets, video games, TV, etc. Many articles on this subject discuss the effects of too much screen time for kids – citing a higher risk of obesity, irregular sleep, behavior problems and difficulty in school, among others. [...]

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    Imagination Spotlight: Steve Jobs – Innovator, Businessman & Visionary Imagination Spotlight: Steve Jobs – Innovator, Businessman & Visionary

    Imagination Spotlight: Steve Jobs – Innovator, Businessman & Visionary

Imagination Spotlight: Steve Jobs – Innovator, Businessman & Visionary

Most of us have heard of Steve Jobs, the intriguing, intelligent co-founder of Apple who’s managed to bring the world of personal computing to everyday people. Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 and would have been celebrating his 58th birthday, so we’re celebrating his memory and shining our imagination spotlight on him this month. What I never knew was that Jobs didn’t possess all of the technical knowledge to create the Apple empire, but [...]

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    Family Activity Idea – Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Wreath Family Activity Idea – Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Wreath

    Family Activity Idea – Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Wreath

Family Activity Idea – Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Wreath

It’s Valentine’s week and love is definitely in the air as the girls and I put the finishing touches on our cards to pass out during their Valentine’s Day party at school. This season reminds me so much of the cheesy, but awesome Valentine’s cards we’d all give and receive ourselves as kids and those oh-so-cool conversation hearts. We have some gel clings with the conversation hearts hanging at home and I have to tell [...]

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    Create Your Own Games and Support Imagination Create Your Own Games and Support Imagination

    Create Your Own Games and Support Imagination

Create Your Own Games and Support Imagination

As a kid, I remember watching and rooting for Team USA to take home all of the medals. It never mattered much to me all of the strategy or science behind a particular sport when I was really little, but I remember admiring the athletes demonstrate their amazing skills and wondered what it would be like. As the years passed and the act of simply watching was no longer enough to satisfy my excitement, my [...]

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    Cool Tricks for Outdoor Fun Cool Tricks for Outdoor Fun

    Cool Tricks for Outdoor Fun

Cool Tricks for Outdoor Fun

It’s the end of January of what’s turning into a record-breaking winter filled with cold temps, record snowfalls and the daunting polar vortex, but in between staying inside and keeping warm, kids are drawn to play outside – especially when there’s snow on the ground. Earlier this month, we shared some fun ideas for making the most of an indoor play day, but today it’s all about having fun in the snow! Snow is the [...]

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    Family Activity Idea – Create Your Own Penguin Bowling Game Family Activity Idea – Create Your Own Penguin Bowling Game

    Family Activity Idea – Create Your Own Penguin Bowling Game

Family Activity Idea – Create Your Own Penguin Bowling Game

As a child, I would try to create my own games – mostly some variation of Trivial Pursuit meets Monopoly, but with questions that only I knew the answers to (not my sister; and definitely not my mom). As time went by, I mellowed some, but one thing is constant – family game night. Game nights are great! It provides a fun outlet for the family to bond by engaging in an activity together having [...]

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    Imagination Spotlight: A. A. Milne – Author, Playwright & Poet Imagination Spotlight: A. A. Milne – Author, Playwright & Poet

    Imagination Spotlight: A. A. Milne – Author, Playwright & Poet

Imagination Spotlight: A. A. Milne – Author, Playwright & Poet

Our January imagination spotlight is shining on author and playwright, Alan Alexander Milne, more commonly known as, A. A. Milne. We salute Milne’s imagination for creating the ever-entertaining 100-Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh and his friends Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, continue to share their adventures with new generations of children in his books , Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Although, not his favorite work, fans worldwide know [...]

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    Make the most out of your Snow Day Make the most out of your Snow Day

    Make the most out of your Snow Day

Make the most out of your Snow Day

We’re in the middle of winter and 2014 is kicking off the New Year with a cold snap that will be one for the books! Even though there’s plenty of snow, there’s also some freezing temps outside that aren’t safe for the kids to go out in play and what’s the fun of a Snow day when you’re stuck inside. It’s snow fun if you’re a kid. Now is the time exercise those bodies and [...]