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Our Favorite Design Ideas for Fall

By PBK Editors

The new fall collection has officially launched at Pottery Barn Kids, and we’re celebrating with a few of our favorite design statements for the season. From bright new colors to a bold new look, design a space your little ones will love with one of these five elements.

1. Add a touch of whimsy. Elevate the room with vintage-inspired lines in stunning gold or soft lavender to give your space new life.

 

2. Go for it with color. Whether it’s a brightly lacquered desk or a crib with color, get creative with furniture by choosing pieces that stand out.

 

3. Build a foundation with quality essentials. From their first day of school to their very first bed, select classic pieces that are built to last.

 

4. Get ready for adventure. What’s not to love about exciting design? This season we’re loving natural textures, rich neutrals and rugged details.

 

5. Save the day. Your little ones will be ready for crime-fighting with new pieces from our Heroes and Villains Collection.

 

Visit potterybarnkids.com to see the entire fall collection.

We All Scream For Ice Cream Parties!

By PBK Editors

Did you know that this month is National Ice Cream Month? We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate so we’re rounding up a few of our favorite ice cream party ideas that are sure to get your little ones smiling.

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Pretty pastels are perfect for an Ice Cream Party and we love this soft and light Ice Cream Cart Party from Sweet Little Peanut.

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Pull right up to your ice cream celebration with a sweet vintage truck like this Ice Cream Social Party idea from Kara’s Party Ideas.

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What’s better than a banana split on a hot summer day? A super giant banana split like this one from Oh Happy Day!

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Plan a party from the invitations and decor to the recipes and party favors with our Ice Cream Shoppe Party styled by Hostess With the Mostess.

Looking for more great summer party ideas? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

Gear Up With the Perfect Fit!

By PBK Editors

Whether you’re preparing for a family trip or their first day of school, make sure you search our new collection of backpacks to find one that’s the perfect fit! From favorite heroes and bright icons to multiple styles and sizes, we have what you need to make gearing up a cinch.

Watch the video above to learn more, or visit your local store to find the perfect fit in person!

Food for Thought: Tips for a Healthy Brain

By PBK Editors

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Keep your little one’s brain going this summer with a few food tips that make a positive difference. We gathered some advice from Deborah McNelis, M.Ed, Founder of Brain Insights, LLC and award-winning author of The Brain Development Series. These ideas highlight the importance that food plays in how children function, how they feel and how they behave.

“Nutrition is often thought of only in relation to the body,” she says. “But what is good for the body is also good for the brain.”

Tip #1
Providing a good breakfast sets your child up for a good day. Ensure that the first meal includes adequate amounts of protein (omega-3s and complex carbohydrates over sugary foods and beverages). This will contribute to a more content child with a better-functioning brain.

Tip #2
Establish routines for daily meals. Consistency each day provides a sense of predictability for young children. The brain feels more comfortable and safe when it knows what to expect next.

Tip #3
Offer choices. When children are given options, they’re more directly involved in an activity – and this often results in better cooperation. For example, ask if they’d like an apple or orange with their lunch, or if they’d like to drink their milk or finish their sandwich first.

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Finally, one of the best things you can do to to keep your own brain happy is to follow these same tips! Eat well, get enough sleep, follow a routine – and also take note of all the great things you did throughout the day. Parenting is not an easy job, but be proud of the positive ways you’re contributing to the healthy brains of your family!

This post was written in collaboration with Deborah McNelis for Happy Family. Nourish your little ones with snacks from Happy Family at our Story Time next week as our Summer Reading Challenge comes to an end. For more details, see our store events page.

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Outstanding Sugar Cookies

By PBK Editors

Did you know today is National Sugar Cookie Day? We’re giving three cheers to one of our favorite sweet treats with these outstanding ideas to try with your little ones!

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Your kids will love creating their very own works of art with this Sugar Cookie Painting Technique from Bon Appetit.

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Turn one of their favorite foods into a new favorite dessert with this colorful Sugar Cookie Pizza from The Nerd’s Wife.

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Uncover creepy crawlies and spiny species with this fun Sugar Cookie Fossil Idea from Martha Stewart.

Don’t forget to check out Design Studio for more fun sugar cookie recipes, like our Coconut Glazed Seahorse Cookies or Elephant Sugar Cookies!

Get Outside with Summertime Crafts

By PBK Editors

Have you seen the amazing Vegetable Garden Coloring Sheet from our friend Made by Joel? We can’t get enough of his fantastic crafts, so we’re sharing three of his outdoor ideas to try this summer.

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These Flamenco Flower Dolls are bright, fresh and fun to twirl around. Try layering on a few different flowers to create an extra-colorful outfit!

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Turn natural keepsakes like driftwood and smooth rocks into a collection of familiar friends with this Driftwood Fish Idea.

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Does your little one love collecting pieces from the outdoors? String up a few favorites and create a beautiful Nature Mobile to showcase mementos from your adventures outside.

Looking for more great summer craft ideas? Visit Design Studio and Made by Joel’s blog to get inspired.

Quick Ideas for 4th of July

By PBK Editors

Looking for a few easy ways to add more flair to your 4th of July celebration? Here are three ideas that you can quickly put together tomorrow.

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Add the littlest stars and stripes with a DIY Handprint Flag from Sweet Little Peanut for a quick patriotic touch.

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Make sure your little ones stay entertained with a fun activity, like these 4th of July Printables from 30 Days.

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Don’t forget a cool treat while you’re out in the sun – our Homemade Snow Cone recipe is sure to hit the spot!

Enjoy your 4th of July, and visit potterybarnkids.com to shop our 4th of July sale!