It is no small part of the giant wonders of the sea that it's just so, well, giant. Vast. Deep. Full to the point of teeming. And how on earth are we to make sense of any of this for our little ones, who may or may not have ever seen or splashed in an ocean or two but almost c.... read more
We all have our favorite seaside or lakeside or poolside spots. And we all have children's book authors whom we hold especially dear. When the two come together, it's the perfect recipe for bedtime reading at the end of a long summer's day. Robert McCloskey may be best known f.... read more
Packing and unpacking aren't exactly top of our list of favorite ways to spend our days. Except of course if we're headed to the beach. Say "beach" and we are dragging out that old beat-up bag and shoving stuff into with glee! (We're still not so thrilled with unpacking it.... read more
There's nothing quite as captivating as a story of adventure on the high seas. So whether you're a confirmed landlubber or a seafaring type with your own tales to tell, be sure to share some of these wonderful yarns with your children. They are some of our very favorites!The M.... read more
The thing we love best about the beach is that it's one of the few places where young children can entertain themselves for hours and hours, day after day. There's no need to organize activities. If you can manage to tote along a few buckets and shovels (as well as the requisi.... read more
Playing at the water's edge is just about every small child's idea of heaven. The wet sand and mud and muck and pebbles and rocks and shells and creatures and seaweed and plants and twigs and whatever other water-logged debris they find there are the best playthings on the pla.... read more
One of the fondest memories of my late 1950s and early 1960s rural New England childhood was spending most days each summer roaming and exploring throughout our neighborhood and the surrounding small farms. Our little development of post WWII middle class track homes h.... read more
Hopefully by now the general outline of your summer has become clear. You know whether you’ll be going away or staying home, and when. You’ve signed the kids up for camps and classes, and checked into the schedule at your local pool. Or perhaps you’ve simply l.... read more
So much of the joy of summer is the ease of it. Summer days are languid and long; even calling them lazy seems like a compliment, a sign of summertime success. But amid that openness glows a little flicker of possibility. Your preschooler's mind isn't dormant for the middle mo.... read more
Last summer, our Savvy team made a list of 50 things we wanted to do with our kids during our precious days of summer vacation. This year, I thought I would update you on what our family did and didn't manage to do last summer. Go to the beach (X)Have a backyard campout .... read more
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