Fine Motor Development: Birth to 3 Years

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This information about fine motor development is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I remember like it was yesterday when my kids took their first steps. I also remember the first time I walked in to get them out of their cribs and realized they had learned to roll [...]

Map and Alphabet Printables for Kids!

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Whether school has started for your family or it’s still a way off, these free school time printables are a great way to review the basics or learn something new – while keeping things entertaining! Animal Alphabet Printable The playful illustrations and vibrant colors of this alphabet printable will quickly catch the eye of young [...]

Rekindling Back to School Friendships

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Check out these cool friendship bracelet crafts and video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know [...]

Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

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Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether [...]

Lunchbox Note Ideas: Scratch Art Sayings

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→ During the coming months, guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome will help us share love with our little ones throughout the school day, with her creative lunchbox note ideas! We hope you enjoy this special series from Julie. Last year was my first experience packing lunches for my little boys, as we did our first [...]

Back to School Giveaway! Week 3

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the first two weeks of flash giveaways in our Back to School Giveaway, but there’s much more excitement to come! That’s right . . . and if you’re ready to check out the awesome prizes we’ll be awarding for the next 7 days of this back to school giveaway, the list [...]

5 Tips & Tricks to Help Prepare Your Kids for Going Back to School

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These back to school tips & tricks are brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Back to school. Are you ready for this? More importantly, are your kids? If your summer has been anything like ours, we’ve had a major break in routine. The kids have been switching back and [...]

Back to School Giveaway! Week 2

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Seven days of flash giveaways have flown by, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the first full week of our Back to School Giveaway. → What was your favorite prize from Week 1? The fun has just begun . . . we still have 19 days left, and 19 more fantastic prizes to give away! To be [...]

Art on a Cart: Encourage Creativity Every Day!

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Creative Play, Every Day! Melissa & Doug believes that artistic play is a wonderful way to encourage creativity in children. Guest blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home has found a convenient and inviting way to encourage creativity at her home – indoors and out. See how things you already have in your home, and [...]