End of the Year Clean Sweep

It’s time to get down to business! Join three of our Blog Ambassadors in getting organized before the chaos of the holidays hits. In this special organizational series, our Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors will share their practical advice in helpful categories like: Evaluating Spaces Organizing Your Home Getting the Kids Involved Let’s meet these […]

How to Get Kids Excited About Homework

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It School’s back in session, which means homework is starting to come home and become a part of our daily afternoon. Here are a few tips to get your child excited about homework, rather than viewing it as a challenge. 1) […]

7 Ways to Spend More Time as a Family…Unplugged

Family game night ideas from guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. With summer behind us and school in full swing, practices, recitals, and everything else happening in our day-to-day lives can make it challenging to spend time together as a family. It is especially difficult with all the TV’s, tablets, smart phones, and other electronics that […]

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”

Get ready to make your own DIY pirate puppets and pirate ship! 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 diy pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely […]

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

Add some color to your child’s creative time, with this roundup of 10+ painting crafts for kids! Whether you’re a Neat Nancy or a Messy Mary, now is the perfect time to try a painting activity — with all of the suggestions below, there are sure to be painting crafts that fit your family! Check out these 10 clever art projects that’ll have […]

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. […]

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 […]