Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Round-Up: 5 Inspirational Ideas for the New Year

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we focused on helping you kick off 2013 with some exciting and inspirational activities and projects. From free printables to organizational tips, we think you’ll find something in our Blog Post round-up to help support your family’s resolutions for the New Year. If you have any feedback on these posts, please e-mail us: we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

Count (and Track!) Your Blessings

Guest blogger Adrienne (from theiowafarmerswife) shared this sweet “Blessings Box” arts & crafts activity for the New Year. Having kids write down and keep track of what they are grateful for all year-long is a wonderful way to help kids appreciate all the things in their life. She encourages parents to let kids create their own Blessings Box using a Decorate Your Own box, or anything you may have at home (shoe boxes, tissue boxes, etc.) Click here to read the full activity.

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Goal-Setting for Preschoolers (Activity & Printable)

A child is never too young to explore and enjoy the concept of setting goals and priorities for the year ahead! Check out this simple activity called “Stars & Wishes” which includes a free printable for you and your child to create together as you make plans for 2013! Read more here.

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Helping Kids Get Organized for 2013

Now that 2013 is here, we have a few ideas on helping your kids turn resolutions into reality! Check out our recent blog post featuring five easy ways to get kids organized for the New Year. Our tips include:

-          Creating a Responsibility Chart to support resolutions,

-          Keep track of progress using a calendar, and

-          Making things interesting by switching them up!

Check out our 5 tips here.

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Helping YOU Get Organized!

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In addition to helping your kids keep their resolutions this year, we shared a few ways for parents to get organized as well! Oftentimes, a playroom can feel like a disaster zone, but in a few simple steps you can have a revamped play space in no time! Check out our 6 tips here.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog round-up! We are open to any and all feedback, play ideas, theme suggestions and questions, so please contact us at mailto:socialmedia@melissaanddoug.com