Introducing the “Terrific 25” Holiday Gifts Giveaway from Melissa & Doug!

All year-long, we’ve been celebrating 25 years of Melissa & Doug! Now, as the holidays start to approach us, what better way to celebrate than with a Terrific 25 Gifts Giveaway?   Starting November 5, 2013, we will give away one item from our Terrific 25 Gifts list (published on the Melissa & Doug website) […]

DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

This creative DIY Dolls craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo.  Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint. Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint –       First download […]

Celebrity for a Day: Galileo Galilei

In honor of the upcoming Solar Eclipse, stretch your child’s mind with a full day of play honoring Galileo, father of astronomy. Morning Prepare little tummies for a day of play with a breakfast feast. Make mini-pancake “planets” and arrange them around a larger pancake “sun.” Make “stars” from fruit cut into star shapes. Trivia […]

Fall Leaf Bingo (with Printable!)

This Fall fun activity is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.   Fall is my family’s favorite season. The weather is lovely and the scenery is beautiful. It’s an absolutely fantastic time to be outside playing, learning, and exploring. Today’s activity is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside and take in […]

Learning with Patterns

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Patterns are everywhere! They are such a playful way to start working on life-long math concepts with your child.  From the patterns in our clothes, plants around us and even in the way we line up our toys we can […]

2 Printable Halloween Activity Pages

Need a super-quick activity for some Halloween “fun on the run”? Try these Print-n-Go Halloween activity pages to practice some SPOOKY spelling skills or have some FUN in the pumpkin patch. 1. Halloween Word Search It’ll be “a scream” for kids to find all the Halloween words hidden in this steaming pot of witch’s brew. […]

Developing Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills: Ages 1–6

Whether you need help encouraging Baby to walk or are just looking for exciting ways to teach your child to hop, balance, and throw with ease, we’ve got you covered with gross motor games and activities for ages 1–6 years. Gross motor activities engage the LARGE MUSCLES in the body — the arms, legs, and […]

It’s a HALLOWEEN HULLABALOO . . . Crafts, Games, & Learning Activities for All Ages

We’ve got dynamite decorations, creepy crafts, educational experiments, and more! We’ve rounded up “the best of the best” Halloween ideas from our Blog Ambassadors to bring you this special Halloween Hullabaloo. Like a treat bag on Halloween, this post is OVERFLOWING with goodies . . . our TREAT to you! 1. Last-Minute Halloween Crafts Allison […]

5 Ideas for a DISCOVERY DAY!

Exploring . . . Sensing . . . Traveling . . . Discovering . . . Recording . . . All in a day’s work for a busy explorer. Use these five action-packed verbs to frame your own Discovery Day — while introducing little ones to famous explorers and scientists too! Here’s 5 ideas to […]