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6 fun activity ideas for kids with busy parents

Ever wonder what you would do if you had the same energy as your little one? Kids are a total powerhouse and can run around for hours without taking a break! For busy parents, it is especially hard to come up with fun activity ideas for kids that will not completely drain their energy. Here are 6 fun activities you can enjoy with your kids that can indeed be relaxing for you and also teach them some valuable life lessons. 

  1. Silly faces photo album
    This might sound silly to some parents as we always want to capture that perfect moment! What we often forget is that there is perfection in imperfection. Kids love to dress up and make silly faces (especially in those important family photos!), so why not let them create a photo album of their own? This will keep them occupied and could be a mini project that they execute from the beginning to the end.
    Silly Faces Fun activity ideas for kids with busy parents
  2. Playing hide and seek
    This is one of the most fun activity ideas for kids with busy parents. It’s a lot of fun, there are lots of giggles and smiles, but most importantly, it teaches your kids how to count. To make it more fun and learning oriented, instead of counting kids could also do ABC or recite nursery rhymes while you find your hiding spot.
    Hide and Seek Kids with busy parents storkcraft
  3. Let them do the shopping
    Coming up with fun activity ideas for kids should also involve learning. Money management is one of the most important skills that many people lack. Give your kids a small fixed expense budget which they can choose to either spend or save is a great way to start this learning process. When you let your kids do the shopping, it helps them learn how to prioritize what they really want versus what they really need.
  4. Make them your personal photographer
    We take so many pictures of our kids that we often forget to take pictures of ourselves. Kids love to act like adults, talk like adults, and get involved with everything that mom and dad do! Giving them the responsibility to take pictures when you go out for a stroll gives them a sense of accomplishment and most importantly it’s cute and fun for everyone!
  5. Outdoor inflatable pool party
    Is there a more relaxing sight than kids playing and splashing around in their inflatable pool while you relax and get a tan or sip on orange juice in your backyard? This is one of the most fun and relaxing activities to do with your kids in the summer. If it gets too hot, then you can crash their inflatable pool party and play with them! To make it more fun you add bath toys and inflatable toys to keep the kids occupied.
  6. Dance till your shoes fall off!
    Dancing is one of the most fun activities for kids as they can do a happy dance, I’m really bored dance, I just finished playing dance, or simply just dance because they can. Dancing is a skill, a workout, and it encourages group participation. Having a secret mom and son dance or daughter and daddy dance can especially build a bonding relationship and memories that they will cherish when they grow up.

When coming up with fun activity ideas for kids, keep in mind that there is beauty in simplicity. Kids are still exploring this big world and learning something new every day. Even something as simple as playing board games, card games, or even Jenga could turn into a fun family activity for kids. The key to a successful fun activity for kids is the one that involves bringing the family together.

Women Insist on Storkcraft. This Award Proves It.

We’re honored to announce Storkcraft has received the Women’s Choice Award as America’s Most Recommended Baby Furniture! The Women’s Choice Award is the collective recommendation of women and honors brands that women would recommend most to friends and family. Our company received the highest recommendation rating among women in a nationwide survey of tens of thousands of women conducted by WomenCertified®. “The Women’s Choice Award’s mission is to simplify her life by recognizing brands tried, tested, and highly recommended by women. Making it easy to buy with confidence.” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder. “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, brands like Storkcraft® signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices.”

For over 70 years, we’ve been proudly dedicated to offering a vast selection of affordable, innovative, high-quality furniture. Specializing in cribs, gliders, changing tables, dressers, youth beds and more, we are devoted to providing our customers with excellence and the Women’s Choice Award accredits that. “When a woman is willing to recommend a brand or service to others, it means that business has earned her loyalty. Those are the businesses we wish to recognize for meeting the needs and preferences of their female customers, who are the toughest customer.”

America's Most Recommended Baby Furniture

Whether it’s our assortment of beautiful non-toxic finishes, or the long-term value our cribs provide with their convertibility, there are a variety of reasons why Storkcraft was chosen by women as the most recommended brand in America for baby furniture. Much thought and care goes behind the development of our furniture and we are thrilled to know this doesn’t go unnoticed. This is a major accomplishment for us, as we’ve worked very hard to provide quality furniture to your family. Now you and your family can rest assured with your Storkcraft furniture, knowing women worldwide gave their collective approval. We want to give a huge thanks to all our loyal customers as we couldn’t have received this spectacular achievement without you! Thank you!

Father’s Day Gift Guide for the First-time Dad

Becoming a parent for the first-time is both an exciting and life-changing experience. Since adjusting to new responsibilities can be difficult at times, we’ve rounded up some great gift ideas to make life a little easier for those first-time dads!

A Masculine Diaper Bag

Masculine Diaper Bag

Who says diaper bags can’t cater to your own personal style? Although there seems to be an infinite amount of purse-like diaper bag options out there, that doesn’t mean dads must carry them. Diaper Dude offers a wide and versatile array of manly options first-time dads will appreciate and be proud to carry around. So, whether dad is the outdoorsy type and or almost always in a suit and tie, there’s a diaper bag option to suit his style. Get the perfect bag for dad here, courtesy of Diaper Dude.

Storkcraft Mini-Speedster Activity Walker

The gift aspect of Father’s Day doesn’t solely mean dads are on the receiving end. We have a great gift idea for dad to give to baby as well. 😉 The ultra-interactive Storkcraft Mini-Speedster Activity Walker is great option for stimulating your child’s senses as they grow. If your infant is using a walker, crawling or even walking, don’t forget to keep them safe and protected from hazardous areas with a safety gate. Once the home is baby proofed, dad can rest easy, read the paper, and relax! Visit our previous blog post on safety gates to learn about why they’re important to implement in the home. Safety Gates- Keeping Baby Safe

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Give dad the gift of music with the Amazon Echo, which plays anything he wants to hear with just the sound of his voice. This neat device also has calling and messaging features, as well as answers questions, reads the news, provides sports scores and so much more. Who knew? It’s basically an assistant (without the hefty hourly rate) which makes it great for first-time-dads while they care for their little one. Amazon Echo 

The Dad Manual

Dad Manual

The best things in life don’t necessarily come easily. Although being a parent can be one of the most thrilling and rewarding accomplishments for many, it sure is challenging, especially for first-time parents. No, all the books in the world couldn’t fully prepare anyone for being a parent, but this manual is sure to give any first-time dad the knowledge and guidance when it comes to caring for the first baby in the family. Let dad rest easy, just like baby, by getting him this book. The Happiest Baby on the Block.

Storkcraft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman

Storkcraft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman

The Storkcraft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman is the perfect place for dad to rest comfortably, either during bonding time with the little one, or while baby cozily sleeps. Its gentle gliding motion is perfect for dad to put baby to sleep too. This glider is also a Baby Center award winner as the Moms’ Pick Winner for Best Glider 2017. Treat dad this year with a comfortable and welcoming place to rest for the days he needs it most. Find it here along with various finish and cushion options.

DIY Photo Frame

Dad Frame

There’s nothing dad would be more appreciative of than receiving a meaningful handmade gift, especially when its filled with photos of his little one showing his/her love. He’ll be proud to hang this piece up on the wall or have it sit on his desk in the office. This adorable picture frame with baby holding up letters in each photo that spell out “Dad” is the perfect do-it-yourself gift this Father’s Day. Find it here, courtesy of Little King’s Nest.

The Ultimate Baby Data Tracker

The MammaBaby app makes tracking detailed information on your little one a breeze. The best part is that the information can be shared between multiple mobile devices which means both parents can log and track. Anything from diaper changes, feedings, medications, growth, sleep and much more can be tracked. If baby begins to cry after mom heads out for the afternoon, dad can see if he/she is hungry by checking when the last feeding was. Or he might notice his little one hadn’t napped yet that day, so it may be time to put baby to sleep with a bed time story. MammaBaby app can be found here via the iTunes store.

 

 

Happy Father’s Day from Storkcraft!

Top Storkcraft-Inspired Nurseries on Instagram

What is a crib, glider or baby dresser without the elegant and thoughtful decor of a nursery? All of Storkcraft’s furniture is designed for style, versatility and comfort, but it is the creativity from parents like you that make up all these beautiful nurseries. We truly admire the wall decals, prints and other accessories that we’ve seen on Instagram (@storkcraft), so we’ve identified some of our favorite nurseries that offer the most chic, charming and unique decor with our furniture. Thank you to our credited Instagramers for all the tags – please keep on sharing, we love it!

 

Storkcraft Venetian 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

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This whimsical nursery, with a touch of boho-chic, is a perfect for a little dreamer. The adorable animal prints faultlessly fit with the inspirational wall decals to create this brilliant gallery wall. The Storkcraft Venetian 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in white adds a graceful and elegant touch to this already beautiful space. The idea of combining an assortment of elements such as the vintage looking chair with the stylish crib creates a unique space. Prominent items, such as this over-sized stuffed sheep, are also excellent statement pieces that can be integrated directly with the style or theme of the nursery.

 

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Graco Bryson 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

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This charming nursery has the perfect balance of elegance, femininity, and fun. The light pink and soft gray combination gives the room a comforting feel while the polka-dot wall adds a joyous touch. The simple elegance and timeless design of the Graco Bryson 4-in-1 Convertible Crib fits perfectly with the style of this nursery while the delicate chandelier above adds elegance to the entire room. Sheer white curtains dress the windows which allow even more light into the already bright and inviting space.

 

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Storkcraft Avalon 6 Drawer Double Dresser

@lavenderlivingblog

This chic gray and white inspired nursery has small a gallery wall which the eye is immediately drawn to. Wall decals and framed prints add creativity and personality to the neutral-colored space. The Storkcraft Avalon 6 Drawer Universal Double Dresser sits perfectly below the gallery wall with its rich, sleigh design. Showcasing the minimalist look with a touch of color, this dresser perfectly ties into the classic theme. The cozy glider and stuffed animals add to the inviting atmosphere of this stunning room.

 

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Storkcraft Hillcrest 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

@julesandjax

This cozy nursery encourages imagination with its chevron details along with inspiring prints. The soft gray color along with the dazzling yellow accents create the perfect harmonious and playful atmosphere. The Storkcraft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman and trendy, yet functional, Storkcraft Hillcrest 4-in-1 Convertible Crib work together to add charm to this dreamy room.

 

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Storkcraft Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib & Changer

@theparentologist

A classic and sophisticated nursery like this one will never go out of style. The clean look of the off-white walls and neutral furniture creates a beautiful and timeless look. Conveniently saving space with the attached changer, the Storkcraft Portofino 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer helps to provide a sweet slumber underneath the moon and stars. A comfortable gray rocker sits snugly in the corner of the nursery.

 

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Thomasville Kids Southern Dunes Lifestyle 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

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All eyes are immediately drawn to the wall decals and accents of this classic nursery. A neutral base with pops of pink allow for a feminine touch. The Thomasville Kids Southern Dunes Lifestyle 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, with it solid, detailed back panel, couldn’t be more suitable for this welcoming room. The Storkcraft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman is also a great match for the tranquil ambiance this nursery offers (and offers a cozy chair for the cat!)

 

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Storkcraft Valentia 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

@bougerougeblog

This warm and inviting Storkcraft Valentia 4-in-1 Convertible Crib serves as a serene dreamland with a sheer canopy and feather dreamcatcher hanging above. The crib acts as a statement piece to this nursery with its classic sleigh design and traditional style. White on white creates more softness and elegance to this sweet nursery. The soft pastel throw adds a hint of color while still blending into the clean, bright theme.

 

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Storkcraft Chevron Hoop Glider

@nottearsbutlight

This gray, gender-neutral nursery has a timeless look while featuring our must-have Storkcraft Chevron Hoop Glider and Ottoman. Soft grays make for a clean look, where accents are more likely to stand out. While promoting a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, this chevron glider allows for an incredibly smooth gliding motion which makes feeding time easy. Mixing patterns, whether on furniture, walls, or rugs, is also a great addition to a gender-neutral nursery.

 

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Graco Stanton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

@peoniesandtwine

This inviting, shabby-chic nursery is bright and feminine. The clean, white Graco Stanton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is essential for this charming girl’s room. The accents, including a wall decal of golden polka dots, a bird cage and colorful prints, brighten the room, while still maintaining a neutral pallet. With soft colors like light gray and baby pink, the room immediately gives off a pleasant and relaxed feel; perfect for a casual tea party.

 

How to Decorate Your Nursery for the Holidays

Now that your Christmas lights are up and the tree is decorated, how will you make the rest of your home festive for the holidays? Here is your opportunity to show off your creative side and devise a ‘Winter Wonderland’ nursery or a ‘Santa’s Little Workshop’ playroom for your little one! Display your holiday spirit with kid-friendly artwork, crafts and accessories to ensure that your baby has a magical first Christmas (or second, third or fourth!)

Here are some of our tips on how to create the perfect holiday-themed room for your little one:

 

DIY Christmas Lights

(Image courtesy of Stubbornly Crafty)

(Image courtesy of Stubbornly Crafty)

Now easier and more convenient than traditional, home Christmas lights, work your creative magic to create this construction paper garland of colorful lights! What’s better than putting lights up around the house? Only construction paper lights that you can make yourself with just colored paper and a roll of twine. If you are planning a Winter Wonderland theme, try using only white, gray and light blue construction paper to capitalize on ‘snow’ colors.

 

Throw Pillows

Holiday Throw Pillow

There’s nothing like adding Christmas pillows to the mix. Although subtle, these festive throw pillow covers are versatile and can be reused for years to come. The best part about the accessory: there are so many holiday-themed throw pillows to choose from! Take a browse on Etsy to see what you can find.

 

Christmas Sock Stockings

Christmas Sock Stockings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart

We’ve all experienced missing socks; whether they never recover from the laundry, or they just spontaneously disappear. We also know this is common for baby socks, as babies can be fussy about anything on their feet! Theoretically, this results in a sock drawer full of one-of-a-kind, mismatched socks. However with DIY Christmas Sock Stockings, now you’ll have a use for all those cute, but mismatched baby socks! There are no rules here: pick and choose which ever size, pattern or color scheme works for your nursery and hang them along a thick-cut ribbon with clothes pins. If you’re ever in doubt, the more colors and patterns, the better and merrier!

 

Winter Holiday Crib Sheets

Holiday Crib Sheets

You can change the décor of your baby’s nursery as easily as changing the sheets! Whether the pattern is “Snowflakes”, “Evergreens” or “Penguins in Santa Hats”, this simple accessory will help transition your baby’s room into a festive wonderland. Now available at Etsy, these seasonal but neutral Evergreen crib sheets will match any holiday theme, but also be fashionable year round.

 

Framed Wall Print

Holiday Wall Print

This accessory is perfect if you have an unused frame lying around! However, if you don’t, simply replace the contents of your favorite frame (only temporarily) and use it to host a holiday-themed artwork or graphic. Any festive picture will do the trick – however, if you’ve fallen in love with this one, like we have, it is available for download and printing on Etsy.

 

Joy Wall Decor

Joy Wall Decor

In case you are looking for something flashier than a wall print, this adhesive wall décor may be exactly what you need to enhance your holiday-themed nursery. Available in many different designs, adhesive wall decors do not require a hammer or nails and are the perfect temporary holiday accessory (especially for an empty wall!) This “Joy” Adhesive Wall Décor is available on Houzz.

 

Mini Tree

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Give your little one their own Mini Tree and help them decorate it however you’d like. Ensuring that it is baby safe, we recommend placing the mini-tree on a surface that is out of reach from your baby, and to use non-breakable toys and ornaments. To make your own homemade Christmas ball ornaments, find colorful pompoms, in all shapes and sizes, and hang them from strings or twist ties. Mardi Gras beads and miniature candy canes are excellent options too!

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Storkcraft!