Is your kid a huge baseball fan? You can make his party a real grand slam with these neat ideas. A baseball party is fun, ea…

  • Keep your little ones entertained by playing with them instead of just watching. These games are perfect for the whole family.

    Young Learners

    Young Learners


    Young Learners

    The playtime equivalent of hiding veggies in your kid's macaroni, Young Learners stealthily serves up educational lessons - everything from math to language skills - in each fun-filled game.

    Available online at creativetoyshop.com, $18-$25.




    Take the Cake

    Take the Cake

    Take the Cake
    Gamewright's Take the Cake introduces a sweet, cupcake-themed matching game to help toddlers recognize shapes and colors.

    Available online at gamewright.com, $13.

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    Quelf Junior

    Quelf Junior


    Quelf Junior

    Board game Quelf Junior asks players to invent movements and creatively answer silly questions.

    Available online at barnesandnoble.com, $17.


    FoodFun

    FoodFun


    FoodFun

    Riffing on beloved classics (Match Game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, flash cards), FoodFun's games familiarize children with food names, food groups, and the concept of a balanced diet...Read More »

  • Baseball Birthday Party

    Is your kid a huge baseball fan? You can make his party a real grand slam with these neat ideas. A baseball party is fun, easy, and inexpensive. Best of all it's a real hit with baseball lovers.

    Food

    Hot dogs, popcorn, and cracker jacks are fun and easy snacks to serve. Peanuts and sunflower seeds could be bought in individual packs. And don't forget the bubblegum! Baseball cupcakes are easy to make. Ice cupcakes with white icing, then add red icing for stitches. Or you can make a baseball field cake. Bake a rectangle shaped cake and use green icing to create the field, add cookie bases, and brown sugar for sand on the pitcher's mound.

    Decorations

    You can use your favorite team colors to decorate. Inexpensive tablecloths, plates, and napkins in various colors can be found at most dollar stores. Then have your child help create banners for his favorite team. Or you can print some team logos and players from your computer. Before you know it, you

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  • NBA player and fatherhood book author Etan Thomas with two of his children.


    Fatherhood--it's more important than ever. More is expected of men, and research shows that guys in are delivering. Fathers have doubled the amount of time they spend with their children since 1995. The stay-at-home-dad is becoming more common. And fathers have even lately been on the receiving end of some good old-fashioned parenting guilt of the type usually aimed at moms. A study published this week (just in time for Father's Day!) in the Personality and Social Psychology Journal indicated that children are more harmed by disengaged and rejecting dads than they are by disengaged and rejecting moms.

    Related: Happy Father's Day! Slideshow of his first pics as a dad

    In the spirit of celebrating dads for what they're doing right, Yahoo! Shine asked parenting experts, daddy bloggers and even some layman-dads for their thoughts on the formative experiences of fatherhood. The following are the moments to treasure, the things not to miss, and all the other little exp

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  • Don't let your child ride alone!


    Everyone knows that corn dogs + funnel cakes + a ride that spins you around like crazy till the bottom falls out probably equals upchuck. And we've all heard the horror stories about people getting struck by roller coasters, stuck upside down for hours on a broken ride, or falling during a photo shoot with a Bengal tiger and getting mauled (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1998). But there are lots of other dangers at the amusement park that are less well known and won't show up in accident reports, from the life-threatening to the merely smelly and inconvenient. Here are some things to watch out for.

    Related: Theme parks opening new attractions for 2012

    (For the record, the most recent safety report from IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) shows only 4.4 reported injuries per million riders. And Gary Slade, editor of industry trade publication Amusement Today told Yahoo! Shine "People should not be concerned about safety, other than doing something stupid

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    Here's a summer homework assignment, in honor of National Iced Tea Month. (Don't panic, there's no sentence diagramming necessary.) Brew some iced tea, and carry it outside. Plop yourself down--preferably in a hammock--put your feet up, and slowly sip. Repeat all summer long. Iced tea begs one thing: that we slow down--waaaay down--and enjoy sweet, simple summer pleasures. Yahoo! Shine spoke to Denise Gee, author of Southern Cocktails, Porch Parties, and the forthcoming Sweet on Texas to learn the secrets of brewing a perfect glass of iced tea and having a perfectly sweet summer.

    Related: Tell us what your first bites of summer will be

    SWEETENED OR UNSWEETENED?
    There's a saying below the Mason-Dixon line: "Sweet tea is the house wine of the South," says Gee. Expect unsweetened ice tea and prepare to be disappointed: "It's like you're a vegan at a barbecue restaurant," quips Gee. Despite regional traditions, dyed-in-the-wool Southerners and Yankee tea-drinkers alike are increasingly aw

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