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394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

4 Simple and Safe "Sparklers" for the 4th of July

  Parades, barbecues, fireworks: kids love the 4th! And sparklers are becoming an ever more popular way for little ones to celebrate. But are those burning sticks safe for tiny hands? Many experts say no.   So, if you decide to skip the hot sparklers this year, we've found some great alternatives. Check out these awesome and super safe handheld ideas from across the mommy web.   Want to talk about the safety of fireworks for kids? Join the conversation in our community.                 Super Star Sparklers: All you need are some festive looking... read more

Dolls and Accessories: 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       Cowgirl or Cowboy Doll   Why We Love It:  The quality and detail is wonderful in these natural, fair trade dolls. The cute little outfits make them truly one of a kind. Choose from a posable cowboy or cowgirl and pair it up with a felt horse (see below) for hours of old west fun.    Price: $23.95    Where to Buy: A Toy... read more

Books and Games: 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         Earthopoly   Why We Love It: This Monopoly inspired game provides all of the fun as the original--with an earth-friendly twist. Instead of attempting to take over and develop as much property as possible, players work to save the earth by protecting and cleaning up habitats. It is truly a blast to play and great way to teach eco-values. Printed on... read more

Featured Craft: Runaway Bunny Easter Picture from Living Crafts Magazine

  Thank you to Pardis Amirshahi, the editor of Living Crafts magazine, for providing this special guest post.   Being a mother to a preteen who used to love the Runaway Bunny story (by Margaret Wise Brown) as a toddler, I thought of making a picture from the book for her as a gift for Easter this year, and wrap it with the book, which she does not even remember now.  The book tells the story of a bunny who tells his mother he has decided to run away.  The mother tells him that she’ll run after him and find him and bring him home in different scenarios, starting with... read more

It's a Prince! Giveaway from Barefoot Books!

This giveaway has ended. The randomly chosen winners are Angel Maszy, Chapsie and mommariffic. Congrats!!! You will be notified by email. Many thanks to Barefoot Books for the giveaway!                                 As many of you have heard, a new little prince was born on July 22nd! We thought we'd celebrate with a fun giveaway from the awesome Barefoot Books. Follow the simple instructions below to enter to win one of three copies of The Prince's Bedtime to read to your own little prince or princess! We'll be drawing winners on Friday at 3pm PT.   To... read more

Vehicles and Rollers: 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       Tegu Dart   Why We Love It: Tegu has one of the coolest natural toy items on the market with its magnetic wooden block sets--now this special Dart combo is putting a whole new twist on the fun! Everything you need to make this sleek car, from the cool topper to the stylish wheels, is included. Plus, you can take it apart and easily dream up other... read more

Blocks and Puzzles: 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       Four Elements Building Blocks   Why We Love It: This colorful set can be used as a puzzle or as blocks. The original shapes put a whole new spin on homemade block towers and castles. With endless possible arrangements the kids will find all sort of uses for this delightful toy.   Price:$129.95   Where to Buy: Rosie... read more

Planning a More Natural Halloween

Posted by: Haley Reen                 Each year, my family celebrates Halloween with much fanfare. It’s our favorite time of year. We decorate the whole house, even the bathrooms, and put the lights and other outdoor decorations outside as soon as possible, usually the week before October begins. At the end of the month we have a large, family friendly party to celebrate. However, as my children are small and we are a mostly media free and sugar free household, we do things a little differently than most. Here are some of the ways we modify the modern... read more

Teethers and Rattles: 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       Plush Hammer Rattle   Why We Love It: What a great rattle!! Both my babies like to hit things with their rattles, and this just insures that the cat doesn't get bonked with something hard! It is a great shape for waving and "hammering" and the rattle is nice and loud. The shape also gives the baby interesting bits to chew on, which is a big... read more

Power to the Peaceful

Mother's Day as a celebration of the unique power mothers have to be peacemakers.    By V.K. Harber   As Mother’s Day approaches in the US and retailers ready their supply of flowers, candy, jewelry, and spa packages, I find myself torn, as I always am, between supporting the spoiling of mothers and highlighting the fact that, like so many holidays, Mother’s Day has drifted pretty far form it’s original intent.   Undoubtedly, mothers everywhere deserve some pampering. A little extra sleep, some alone time, a special meal, and some adorable kid crafts... read more

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