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The Make & Play Vault

With the crisper (and around here, decidedly wetter) fall weather comes more time spent indoors. That means, it’s time to […]

A couple of weeks ago my daughter and I decided to make wax paper lanterns. She loves decorating our house for […]

Summer has hit full stride and all the free time off school has lost its allure.  We’ve been swimming, hiking, […]

Coloring is at the very top of my super-simple, go-to activities for keeping the kids happy and occupied. It’s a […]

We’ve got yet another resource for you to use with our free B.O.R.E.D. printable today. Our children’s librarian, Janssen, has rounded up […]

The kids and I take the summer sun as a direct challenge to come up with new and innovative ways […]

I recently mentioned my newly rekindled desire to set up a tinkering/creation station in our new house for the kids. So […]

We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of play dough. We’ve shared the best play dough recipe ever. We’ve even made play […]

S is turning 4 next month and I’m SO EXCITED to finally have a backyard big enough to host a […]

Big announcement today guys – we’ve got ourselves a new MPMK contributor! MJ is an amazing graphic artist who’s going […]

Now that summer break is here, I’ve started thinking about how I will keep our kids active and engaged without […]

When was the last time you decorated for Father’s Day? Never? Yeah, me neither. This year we made a card for […]

Top Image Credit (cropped, text and other photos added below): © Nicola | 04.09.11 | CC by 2.0 My son LOVES play dough. […]

It’s Teacher Appreciation week next week - do you have something special picked out for the educators in your kids’ lives? […]

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to try a DIY project and I guarantee you’re going to adore this one. […]