Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying a […]

Week 2 of Your Summer Calendar is Here!

Every Monday as part of our “My Summer Calendar” blog series, we’re unveiling a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. You can download and print this week’s interactive calendar here, or by clicking the image below. To learn more about the series, and get links […]

Unwind With Quiet Time Toy Bins

Even with all the amazing summertime activities you may have planned, chances are your kids will still need a little downtime in the months ahead. So, this week in our Summer Fun Calendar, guest blogger and mom of quadruplets, Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus) shares creative ways to help kids unwind with Quiet Time Toy Bins. Read her […]

4 Crafts to Celebrate Flag Day

Your kids will no doubt hear “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung at some sporting event this summer. But do they know the story of our flag? Or why we celebrate Flag Day on June 14th? Here’s a quick refresher on Old Glory, and some patriotic and Flag Day activities.   According to American legend, George Washington […]

Teach Safety, Skills, & Games — All with Activity Cones

When kids go outdoors, there are important things for them to know about staying safe. We’re sharing 3 ways Activity Cones can help teach safety skills to kids, so children understand how to STOP and be aware of their surroundings.  These cones aren’t the ones delivered BY your neighborhood ice-cream truck . . . they’re […]

Spending 1:1 Time with Dad for Father’s Day

In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected. For dads […]

Travel Tips: 4 Ways to Stay Happy in Hotel Rooms

This summer, we are “hitting the road” – and providing you with some fantastic traveling resources along the way! Every Thursday, right here on our blog, we’ll give you the inside scoop from three top-rated blogger moms on their favorite tips and tricks for traveling with kids. This week, we’re getting some tips from Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) as she […]

Summer Fun Calendar Kickoff

Let the Summer Fun begin! Welcome to the Melissa & Doug “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday, right here on our blog, we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long.  We encourage you to print the calendar and keep it in a […]

How to Keep a Routine in Summer

Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for keeping kids structured during the summer. Although summer is usually thought of as a time to run barefoot and fancy free, a summer without structure for some children, especially the special needs child, may be very difficult for both […]