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The Make & Play Vault

Happy Turkey Day!  Today Janssen is here with a classic Thanksgiving craft that takes me back to my own days […]

Advent calendars have become such a HUGE part of Christmas these days – have you noticed? We’ve tried several variations over […]

I’ve written a lot about the importance of family traditions, big and small. But one thing I sometimes forget is how […]

Gratitude isn’t a new concept for us.  We’ve talked before about regularly expressing gratitude toward our kids and putting our […]

The holiday season, and all the fun that comes with it, is here! Just in case your weekend to-do list […]

I’m so excited about this Halloween project, it turned out even better than I’d envisioned.   It’s the quintessential MPMK […]

If you’re looking for a simple DIY Halloween decor idea to try with the kids this year (one that – […]

It’s the time of year when I’m once again gathering my holiday resources and putting together a simple plan for making […]

I don’t know about you, but for us… Summer is all about fun without the fuss. Our family loves the new-found […]

If there are two things you know we love around here, it’s open-ended, hours-long, glorious play and yummy food to help fuel […]

I don’t mean to scare you or anything but, it’s May folks. Summer vacation will be here before you know […]

There are two things I absolutely adore about this simple kid project – No, wait, make that three! First, it […]

I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that Mother’s Day is just around the bend. Whether you’re planning to spend it […]

Before I became a parent, I had no idea of the role knock-knock jokes, mad libs, and the like would one […]

Every year I get a little blindsided by Easter. Halloween I totally equate with lots of candy and general sugar […]