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Keep your loved ones close with creative ideas for playing together as a family

394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

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Founded in 1976, Mothering magazine was the birthplace of the natural family lifestyle, and today Mothering.com is the premier online community for parents interested in natural family living. Providing philosophical inspiration and practical advice for more than 30 years, Mothering is respected for cutting-edge, well-researched information and resources.   Statement of Purpose Mothering celebrates the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and fosters awareness of the immense importance and value of parenthood and family life in the development of... read more

Top 10 Family Christmas Movies from the Mothering Community

We recently asked the members of the Mothering Community to tell us about their favorite family Christmas movies and received some great responses! Here is a list of our top ten faves from that discussion.    Head over to the original thread to see all of the recommendations and to share your own must watch Christmas list!  A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Starring Ann Altieri and Chris Doran   "I haven't watched A Charlie Brown Christmas in a long time. I should, because it's an ongoing family joke that my mom and I love "Charlie Brown... read more

Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

    Welcome to Mothering's Annual Natural Toy Guide: a selection of the very best natural and eco-friendly toys and children's gifts of 2012.      Proudly sponsored by STRIDER Bikes. Learn about what Mothering moms think about STRIDER no-pedal balance bikes here or visit their Facebook page.                                                             Our Top 20 Favorites                                                20 Toys Under $20                                                                      Imaginative Play            ... read more

Where Do You Stand on Kids Peeing into the Lake?

By Brian Leaf              Hello, Mothering.com readers,   I need your opinion. Where do we as liberal, holistic, natural parents stand on the issue of kids peeing into the local swimming hole?   Here’s my particular situation. Last week I was with my two boys, ages three and seven, at a lake just outside town. It was a bit early in the season, so only one other family was there.   Towards the end of our visit, my seven year old had to pee. I didn’t want to schlep up to the bathrooms, especially because I suspected we would find them locked, and if... read more

Top 20 Favorites: Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

  Discover More: Dolls | Arts & Crafts | Blocks & Puzzles | Books & Games | Imaginative Play | Teethers & Rattles | Vehicles & Rollers | For Older Kids | 20 Toys Under $20 | Top 20 Favorites    Ping Pong Catapult   Why We Love It: This naturally made catapult might be simply designed but it is super sturdy, powerful and so much fun! Any child will adore shooting off the included ping pong balls or other small items from around the house to see where they land. Set up a target for a little challenge. Made in Oregon,... read more

100 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Kids

  Trying to think of a last minute stocking stuffers for the kids?   Here are 100 great suggestions from the Mothering community to help you complete your holiday shopping!   We've chosen suggestions that are mostly inexpensive and can be purchased locally or ordered as a subscription without having to plan ahead.    For more ideas check out all of the great threads in the community!     Crayons and Markers Paints and Brushes Construction Paper Yarn Knitting Needles or Crochet Hooks Sewing Needles Fabric... read more

Earth Day Books the Whole Family Will Love

by Mindy Rhiger   Celebrate Earth Day and all that goes with it with these fun books!   My Mama Earth: Watch the wonder experienced by a small child journeying through the world and  taking in the many magnificent aspects of nature. This imaginative and lyrical picture book showcases the love between a mother and child, celebrating the ever-changing beauty of the natural world along the way.           Make a reusable cloth bag with Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington.  This brightly colored picture book follows Gabby and her Grandma as they have a... read more

Best Picks for Older Kids: Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

  Discover More: Dolls | Arts & Crafts | Blocks & Puzzles | Books & Games | Imaginative Play | Teethers & Rattles | Vehicles & Rollers | For Older Kids | 20 Toys Under $20 | Top 20 Favorites    Child's 5 String Banjo   Why We Love It: This fully functional banjo will take music play to a new level. Small children will adore simply strumming the strings and singing along while older kids can learn songs from the included song booklet. It is a great way to introduce a child to this instrument. Beautifully made of sustainable... read more

Candy Crafts: Creative Ways to Use Up Unwanted Halloween Treats

by Loralee Leavitt and Elaine Bassett   Also see our article, Candy Experiments, for more great ideas on using up unwanted Halloween candy.   Candy is a traditional part of Halloween. But since it contains so much sugar, corn syrup, and artificial dye, many parents don’t want their children gorging on Halloween loot. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party, or using up candy after Halloween, these activities will help your children enjoy their Halloween candy without eating it.     Candy Mosaics   With so many colors and textures, candy makes perfect art... read more

20 Toys Under $20: Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

  Discover More: Dolls | Arts & Crafts | Blocks & Puzzles | Books & Games | Imaginative Play | Teethers & Rattles | Vehicles & Rollers | For Older Kids | 20 Toys Under $20 | Top 20 Favorites         Wilbert the Worm Rolling Toy   Why We Love It: Constructed from midwestern hardwoods and mildly coated with natural beeswax in Illinois this toy is just right for rolling about. It can also be used as a teether.    Price: $15.99   Where to Buy: Peapods       Felt Horse   Why We Love... read more

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