Two Pirate Party Printables (for Kids!)

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Yesterday, our Birthday Bash co-host Tiffany shared adorable pirate party tips, recipes, games, and more! To polish off your pirate party, we created these two pirate-themed printables: 1) Pirate Treasure Map Setting up a treasure hunt in your backyard (or inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate) is a fantastic organized activity for any party. Scatter [...]

Activities For Toddlers

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To a toddler, just sitting on the floor watching life happen can be fun and entertaining. However, in order to ensure they are getting the most out of their developmental years, there are certain activities for toddlers that are more valuable than others. Learning doesn’t have to be a bore though, which is why Kid [...]

Fun and Unique Birthday Invites: Origami for Kids

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Learn how to create adorable Origami birthday invites in this special guest post from our Birthday Bash co-host Jillian (A Mom With a Lesson Plan). For all our Birthday Bash resources, click here. * * * Creating fun and unique birthday invites is one of my favorite parts of planning a party! When I was invited to join [...]

Introducing Two New Special Needs Resources

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We are thrilled to share with you a very special project that is close to our hearts: a catalog custom-made for families of children with special needs. As a valued member of our community, we wanted you to be among the first to see it! The Melissa & Doug Special Needs Toy Guide: A Resource [...]

4 Tips to Teach Kids about Traveling

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Last week, we introduced our “On the Go with Melissa & Doug” summer traveling series. Every Thursday from April  4 – July 25, three blogger moms will offer their tips & tricks from the road as they trek across the country with their families this summer, staying in hotels, cabins, and tents.  As any parent [...]

Using Puzzles to Teach Geography

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Our homeschool expert Genny (In Lieu of Preschool) is working on a U.S. Geography unit this month. Earlier today, we shared her American Flag Easel Painting post, which featured creative ways to teach kids about the American Flag using a simple painting prompt. On her blog today, she also focused on using puzzles to teach geography.  Check [...]

U.S. Geography for Kids: American Flag Easel Painting

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This “U.S. Geography for Kids” homeschool post is part of a series (An Introduction to U.S. Geography for Little Kids) from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) This month in our homeschool we are focusing on U.S. Geography. Though my children are young, I feel it’s never too early to [...]

DIY Dinosaur Birthday Party Favor Bags

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Part 2 of our “How to Host a Dinosaur Birthday Party” blog post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. I get excited about the details of a party. The small touches really pull everything together in a festive way, but sometimes the details and work can [...]

How to Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party (Part 1)

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This Dinosaur Birthday Party post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family loves birthday parties. I love planning them and my son loves experiencing them. But this year I wanted to keep it simple. So today I’m sharing our stress-free and super amazing [...]