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Summer Reading Activities

We have been keeping busy this summer with summer camps, vacations, and outings around town.  We've especially loved going to the library.  We hadn't been much in the last couple of years, but the kids are now old enough to browse through the books themselves and pick ones that they are really interested in.  To keep it fun and a little competitive around here, we've started playing this Summer Reading Bingo game.  The kids can set their reading goals like how many books to read and for how long.  My son has added a bonus one by adding "Read to your pet" so here he is! You can head over to our Swingly Activity Center and download the free Summer Reading...

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Kids Playroom Design Ideas

Earlier this year, I noticed that the kids really didn't want to spend much time in their playroom anymore.  It seemed that they were starting to outgrow some of toys and even some of the furniture that was in there.  We updated their space to be more functional, but still kept all the fun inspiration for keep them creativity flowing!

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DIY Cardboard Crafts

If you're like me, there is never a shortage of cardboard boxes in our house.  To be honest, my Amazon boxes are starting to outnumber my Target bags!  We are a pretty crafty bunch so we quickly jumped on the newest trend in crafting - Cardboard Crafts.  I started pinning like crazy after seeing how many adorable and easy crafts there are.  The best part - we get to inspire play and imagination while also teaching the kids about up-cycling our cardboard boxes! Here are some of my favorites: These Cardboard Cookies are from Creative Family Fun.  All you need is scissors and some craft paint.  While cutting the kids can pretend to bake them and paint them to frost...

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Top 5 Pretend Play Toys

In the past year, I have seen more toys geared toward inspiring pretend play. In a time when screen and electronics seem to be taking over the toy aisle, it's nice to see a focus back on simple toys that spark imaginary play. There are plenty of options, but today I'm sharing some of my favorites.  The simplicity of the designs, the colors choices, and the functionality of each toy is what made these a must-have on my list for creative play. 1. Wooden Cash Register - No storefront would be complete without this wooden cash register from Crate & Kids - complete with money and scanner.   2. Retro Wooden Telephone - What better way to take a to-go order...

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