Our 4 month old: Edie Jean by Liz Stanley of Say Yes

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This Our 4 month old: Edie Jean post is by Liz Stanley of Say Yes. 4 months ago we were blessed with this beautiful little girl joining our family and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since she arrived. For a while there the first few months there was a lot of colic and frustration [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

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Melissa & Doug’s Spring Printable FUN continues with this Hidden Picture Fun! printable. Color the spaces according to our directions to reveal a surprise picture! Click here to print and enjoy!

Spring Printable Favorites

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It’s a Spring Printable Bonanza on the Playtime Press today! We are sharing two of favorite spring printables: April Memory Game and Garden Planting. Simply click the title or image to print. Find these April Memory Game favorites online: Bollie Ladybug Kickball Longfellow Duck Stuffed Animal Blossom Bright Kids’ Flip-Up Sunglasses Happy Giddy Kids’ Umbrella Decorate-Your-Own Cupcake Bank Felt [...]

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

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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 / [...]