4 Easter-Inspired Activities for Kids

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We’re putting the “ease” in “Easter” (It’s in there…really. You just have to hunt a bit!) with these 4 Easter-inspired activities from our blog to help you get ready for the holiday in two shakes of a bunny’s tail. *** 1.       Last-Minute Easter Bookmarks Cut two small, red potatoes in half, and you’ve got four [...]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

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This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help [...]

2 Play-Based Tools for Oral Motor Success!

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Children need to build their oral motor skills to eat, swallow, speak, and make facial expressions (to say the least!)  To do all of these properly, children must first develop awareness, strength, and control of the muscles in their face and mouth. Activities that require children to use pursed lips — such as playing certain wind [...]

4 Early Literacy Activities

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Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games [...]

First Day of Spring Flower Craft

Spring Flower Craft

This Spring Flower Craft is provided by special guest blogger Roo Ciambriello: * * * With the first day of Spring comes the anticipation of warm weather and bright, sunny days. Here’s a fun “First Day of Spring Flower Craft” to help celebrate the new season! We started out with the Melissa & Doug Finger Paint [...]

5 Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside

15 Minutes Outside

Our blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) is not afraid to admit that she doesn’t LOVE spending time outdoors. So this year, she resolved to spend 15 minutes outside with her kids every day.  And we have been excited to follow along as she shares this journey on her blog (and provide outdoor entertainment along the way). [...]

Easter Bunny Printable for Kids

Easter Bunny Printable

Trying to get some chores done this morning? Download our Easter Bunny printable for your kids, and enjoy a few moments of quiet, creative down time! Gather up your crayons, markers, or colored pencils; or for some extra fun, add some glue and cotton balls to create a fuzzy little friend! You can download and [...]

Top 10 Craft Ideas for National Craft Month

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In honor of National Craft Month, we rounded up our blog’s top 10 craft ideas OF ALL TIME. There’s a project for everyone: indoor & outdoor enthusiasts, readers & non-readers, and Neat Nancys & Messy Marvins alike. Plus — as always — tons of smiles, giggles, and learning are sure to go along with all [...]

6 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick's Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day probably has you thinking of hunting for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, yes? Well, we’ve rounded up 6 easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts that involve rainbows, coins, and even a color scavenger hunt! Enjoy! 1. Easy Rainbows For a quick way to have kids create their beautiful rainbows, [...]