4 Ways Kids Can Show Love

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Saying the words “I love you” is important and something our kids learn early in life. Yet love can be expressed in our actions too.  Here are four ways kids can show love toward others: Saying Thank You After holidays and birthdays thank [...]

Free Valentine’s Day Fortune Finder from Melissa & Doug!

This Valentine’s Day Fortune Finder is a fun activity for the entire family! Just print, color, cut (with child-safe scissors!), and follow the instructions to find your fortune!

Why Pretend Play Is So Important

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This post is from Emily of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Children who are on the autism spectrum, like my son, have a harder [...]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer?  These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you - with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!).  I hear so many parents [...]

Free Valentine’s Day Printable: Heartfelt Mini Notes!

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Spread the love and create a heartfelt mini note for your valentine! This free Melissa & Doug printable includes a template for your mini note, as well as an envelope for a sweet delivery! Just click here to print!

Melissa & Doug’s 100 Toys to Cure Cabin Fever!

We know what it’s like to be cooped up all winter long – our headquarters are in New England! If your kids are climbing the walls (check!) and itching for something NEW to do (check!), we proudly present our 100 Toys to Cure Cabin Fever! Our Toys to Cure Cabin Fever will stimulate kids’ creativity, get [...]

Play Prompts: Magnetic Puzzle Play!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This week’s play prompt is sure to beat the boredom blues!   This do-it-yourself magnetic puzzle prompt is incredibly easy to create and it’s the perfect activity for those times when you are cooking dinner and need the kids to entertain themselves [...]

5 Clever Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

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Did you know that January 29th is National Puzzle Day? Whether your puzzle preference is jigsaw, crossword, or maze, there are TONS of fun ways — for both children and adults — to celebrate puzzles. If you’re feeling puzzled about how you could celebrate this special day with your child, try these ideas on for [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]