Easter Bunny Maze! {Printable}

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This Easter Bunny Maze printable is a great Spring activity! Simply click here to print the maze for your child. For added bunny fun, ask them to alternate colors and textures in their line! You can make up a story for the bunny (What is their name? Where does the bunny live?) and ask your [...]

Teaching Your Child about Food Groups

Teaching your Child About Food Groups

This post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. March is National Nutrition Month.  Let’s build a healthy foundation with our kids with a few playful activities with pretend food. Ask yourself a few questions before we begin: How well do you think your child knows the names of [...]

Why hearing “Mom, I’m bored!” is a GOOD thing

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Have you ever heard your kids say the words “Mom, I’m bored”?  Well, if you have, you should pat yourself on the back and breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done. It seems like in our [...]

5 “Play and Learn” Tips with the New Family Pet

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This post is written by Melissa & Doug guest editor Anna Ritchie. “Mommy, can we get a puppy?”  How many parents have fielded this commonly asked question? In case you caved, don’t fret. While your house may be turned upside-down for a bit, there are some fantastic learning opportunities that you can sneak-in while your [...]

Child-care options from an expert

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Whether the baby is coming – or the kids are here (and you need a break!), you have numerous options for childcare. No matter what you need, you deserve to be able to get some of your old life back [...]

Zoo Train Party Ideas

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This Planning a Zoo Train Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad.Creating custom parties for my kids has become a slight (and surprising!) hobby of mine over the years. We’ve celebrated birthdays with a car themed party, a train themed party, a farm / [...]

Planning a DIY Birthday Party

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This Planning a DIY Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Throwing any birthday party, whether a simple special dinner and cake or renting a couple hours at a play spot, involves some thoughtful planning and preparation. If you’re looking to reduce costs or showcase your [...]

Setting Educational Goals for your Child

Setting Educational Goals

This post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. As spring approaches with our children, it’s a time of excitement, new growth and anticipation for what’s to come. It’s also a time for spring cleaning and perhaps to consider some educational goal setting. Do you have any goals set for [...]

Crafty Instruments

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Music provides many benefits for children. Not only does it increase academic achievement by stimulating the same parts of the brain responsible for language, math, and social-emotional development, but it can improve memory and confidence. Giving children a musical edge doesn’t have to become a financial burden. To accompany a collection of high quality wooden [...]