summer

Let’s Make Messy Mixtures this Summer!!

Let’s Make Messy Mixtures this Summer!!

Summer vacation is right around the corner and it will only take days before some parents start hearing, “I’m bored!” Mix is up this summer with Crazy Concoctions:  A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures.  It’s Madness!!! And wicked cool. Making a mess is generally frowned upon, but if you are learning important scientific principles(…)

Stop Summer Slide! Stay Summer Smart!

Stop Summer Slide! Stay Summer Smart!

Having the summer off is an American tradition. But research shows this break from the classroom results in some major setbacks in school, typically referred to as “Summer slide.” With this challenge in mind, the team behind Brain Quest, set out to provide parents and caregivers with a fresh approach to addressing the problem. The(…)

Grandparents Michigan Style

Grandparents Michigan Style

Summer means more time with the kids and more than likely a road trip or two.  Don’t forget to include the grandparents in your planning or better yet, let the kids head out on a trip with the grandparents.  This book is a great planning tool for parents and grandparents alike but it’s written with(…)

You Need a Giant White Swan for the Pool

You Need a Giant White Swan for the Pool

Most pools I know in my area of Ohio open this weekend for Memorial Day which means it’s time for fun pool toys and floats. This year, the breakaway for my family is the Giant White Swan Pool Float from BigMouth Inc. I’ve seen the large floats before and one of our friends has a(…)

Summer Toys:  Quack Stack from Fat Brain Toys

Summer Toys: Quack Stack from Fat Brain Toys

Now that Mother’s Day is over, it’s time to start thinking about Summer and that means lots of outdoor play and time with the family. Over the next 6 weeks we will be featuring our favorite summer time toys and picks for the season at hand. Today, we are taking a look at Quack Stack(…)

9 Tips To Keep Your Child Safe  Around Water This Summer

9 Tips To Keep Your Child Safe Around Water This Summer

Few things are as much fun as splashing around at the beach or in a backyard pool, but not every child is confident about taking the plunge. “For some children, the idea of getting in the water and trying to swim can be a bit frightening,” says K.J. Hales, author of It’s Hard to Swim,(…)