3 Ways to Foster Creativity through Boredom

Melissa shares her views on why it’s not only important – but necessary – to let your kids be BORED! “Parents sometimes think that hearing their child say, ‘I’m bored’ is a sign they haven’t tried hard enough to keep their child busy or entertained. But the truth is that when children are BORED, they have the […]

Create a Pirate Craft for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19, and we thought it would be fun to share a pirate themed craft to celebrate! ARRRRR you ready? We created our pirate ship and pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely known as popsicle sticks), construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers. We glued […]

5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

 This post is provided by guest contributor Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life.  As we have begun homeschooling our children this year, I have learned in my research of the importance of storytelling. Until the days of “Beowulf” and the “Odyssey,” stories weren’t written down like they are in modern times. Storytelling was used to communicate, […]

10+ Painting Crafts for Kids

If you’re more of a Neat Nancy than a Messy Mary, then now is the perfect time to try a painting project — You can use the still-warm weather to speed up your dry time and take advantage of a natural grass “drop cloth” and a garden hose to make clean-up quick and easy. Check […]

6 Easy Activity Bags for Instant Entertainment (and Learning!)

This arts & crafts tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. I’m going to be teaching home preschool with my son this fall. With our baby being one year old, I know there will be lots of interruptions. So I’ve already got my back pocket full with these colorful activity bag ideas. […]

Guest Post: Classic Toys & Simplistic Play

From our special guest blogger Marnie (Carrots are Orange): “I have a challenge for you: Choose one of these classic items – activity cones, blocks, drawing pad or pattern blocks. Leave it in a room where your child may discover the materials on his own. Remove any distraction (e.g. other toys, tv, books, etc) and simply observe. See what happens when your child […]

Playtime Tips for Building Self Awareness

These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Where am I in space?”  “What is my body doing right now?” Those are probably not questions that you ask yourself very often. It is very important, however, that all of us have an awareness of where our […]

6 Grandparents Day Activities for Kids (Plus 2 Printables!)

For today’s multi-generational families, Grandparents Day can mean more than a card or a phone call. So if your children’s grandparents are nearby – maybe even under the same roof – the ideas below can help strengthen their special bond. Or, if you’re looking for a special craft, we have some ideas for that as […]

Which BLOCKS Are Best for Your Child?

Our “puzzle guide” article was so well received by our readers that we’ve put together a similar guide to help you choose the right BLOCKS for your child. Whether you have a baby, toddler, or school-age son or daughter, we’ll explain the different features you should look for in block-related toys, games, and activities for […]