Our Favorite Books For Summer

By PBK Editors

Keep your little ones reading over the summer with a few of our favorite books! Whether you’re setting sail on a grand adventure or exploring under the sea, here are a few stories we love to help little learners keep their vocabulary fresh over the summer.

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Take a look at the brilliant colors of sea life in The Rainbow Fish, and follow along as little ones learn about sharing and friendship.

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For adventurous kids learning to spell their names, try My Very Own Pirate Tale where a group of children seek out a treasure chest.

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Fall into a world of fantasy with the classic tale of Where the Wild Things Are. Take a journey with Max to a land of goofy monsters and whimsical dreams.

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The exciting tale of this story starts like this: “The day you were born was a dream come true.” What follows is a tale about life’s journeys in The First Adventures of Incredible You.

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Snuggle up and share the charming story of The Little Sea Turtle – it’s filled with peek-a-boo holes and a plush finger puppet.

Does your little one enjoy group story time, too? Visit your local Pottery Barn Kids store every Tuesday for Story Time – and get started with our Summer Reading Challenge.

Now Playing: the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

By Rachel Hollis

Written by Rachel Hollis of The Chic Site for Building Blocks.

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Every year around this time, I start racking my brain: what’s something I could give my husband, Dave, for Father’s Day that he actually needs or wants? Over the last seven years of celebrating this special day as a family, we’ve given him ties, cufflinks, shirts for work and shirts for weekends. He’s received gift baskets, gift cards and even a collection of Beers of the World. (The Hefeweizen was my favorite.)

But the thing Dave loves most is the gift of an experience. For Christmas, we’ll give each other something we can enjoy together – like concert tickets or a vacation. So for this Father’s Day, I thought I’d try a similar idea – something we could all enjoy, even the baby. Our best idea? Family movie night!

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We collected all of daddy’s favorite snacks and packaged them up in cute little bags. Next, we created a special “movie night package” using a paper bag from the grocery store because a) recycling is cool, b) it’s free, and c) Dave doesn’t care what the present comes in so long as there’s caramel corn inside!

Use the steps below to create your own special movie night bag for dad, including our free printables for the sign and personalized movie tickets. Have fun – and happy Father’s Day!

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Download the personalized movie tickets here and the printable sign here.

The Big Birthday Countdown

By PBK Editors

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Does your little one get excited days before their next birthday – or even weeks? Treat them to a daily countdown surprise with this cute DIY Birthday Advent Calendar from You Are My Fave. We love how each day leading up shows your child just how special their birthday is.

Don’t forget: Building Blocks is celebrating a birthday of its own with a $500 giveaway! Enter here by June 8th for a chance to win.

 

Go For a Dip – Cookies and Dip

By PBK Editors

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Sprinkles always make us feel like celebrating – and these ‘Cookie Chips’ with ‘Funfetti Dip’ from Sugar & Cloth are sure to make your little ones smile. Instead of heavy buttercream frosting, this recipe calls for Greek yogurt and a heavy dose of colorful sprinkles – making it the perfect festive treat for your next party.

Visit Design Studio to browse all of our parties or get inspired by our recipes.

 

Around the World with DIYs

By PBK Editors

Give your world traveler-in-training a room filled with decor inspired by the globe. From garlands to wall art, here are our favorite DIY elements that will take you and your little ones around the world.

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Add a touch of personalization to explorer decor with a DIY Map Monogram from Callaloo Soup.

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String up a whole wall full of tiny little worlds with this Map Garland from Poppytalk.

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The whole world lights up (literally!) when you’ve got a map pendant like this one from Paisley Sprouts.

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Don’t forget: a world of learning is key for a tiny traveler, and a few favorite adventure books are the perfect excuse to try this DIY Map Book Cover from The Interior Project.

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Our Jumbo World Map Mural makes a bold statement to a little explorer’s room and doubles as a dry-erase map for an interactive way to learn about geography.

Looking for more great crafts? Get inspired with our other ideas in Design Studio.

The Perfect Book Nook: 5 Easy Essentials

By PBK Editors

Encourage your little ones to read through the summer by creating the perfect book nook! Our Design Studio Specialist Christine shared with us five essentials to get you started.

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1. Comfortable seating. A beanbag or Anywhere Chair offers a plush spot for kids to sit and read a bit longer.

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2. Easy accessibility to books. Make sure small hands can reach their favorite reads, and try displaying a few titles face-forward to draw little readers in.

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3. Efficient book storage. Keep books organized and in one place by giving them their own special area.

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4. Ample lighting. To keep kids from straining their eyes, try a mix of natural light, overhead lighting and a few task lamps.

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5. A plush area rug. Pull the space together and make it feel cozy with a beautiful, soft rug. It doubles as a place to spread out and read.

For more great room ideas, visit Design Studio and get inspired!

5 Fun Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

By PBK Editors

Since we’re headquartered in San Francisco, we’ve always had a soft spot for the Golden Gate Bridge, which opened 77 years ago today. In honor of this special anniversary, we’re sharing five of our favorite fun facts!

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1. The bridge is actually not golden at all! It’s a bright red-orange.

2. It was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

3. It took four years to build.

4. There are approximately 600,000 rivets in each of the bridge’s towers.

5. It’s the most photographed bridge in the world.

Get Grilling! Three Summer Recipes

By PBK Editors

Summer is a season for entertaining outdoors – and that means plenty of barbecues! When it comes to kid-friendly eats, we’ve got you covered. Here are three recipes that are perfect for the grill and a snap to prepare.

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Let your little ones enjoy topping their own dogs with this Hot Dog Bar idea from Hostess with the Mostess. With plenty of colors and a range of options, it’s a great way to get picky eaters to try something new!

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Grill up a variety of bright veggies for a beautiful side dish that kids will enjoy. We love the simplicity of this Grilled Veggie Salad from Adventuress– you can even keep the vegetables skewered for a kid-friendly kabob!

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Do your little ones love to roast marshmallows? These Peachy Caramel S’mores from Spoonful offer a fun twist on the classic summer treat – and a great way to use fresh summer fruit in place of chocolate and graham crackers.

Celebrate summer barbecues with more great recipe ideas from Design Studio.