5 Indoor Creative Play Ideas

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Make Your Own Sock Puppet This is an art project PLUS an opportunity to play puppets all day long! Start with a sock that’s large enough to fit the child’s hand comfortably. Let the child try on the puppet to see where the features should go. (The thumb will be the bottom jaw, and the [...]

5 Fun Facts about Swimming

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Egyptians made a picture or symbol for swimming as far back as 2500 BCE. There is less stress on your body’s bones and joints during swimming than in other sports, because your body is supported by water. The Olympics holds 17 different swimming events. It’s easier to float in saltwater than in freshwater. In the [...]

Earth Day Link-Up with Our Blog Ambassadors

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5 Easy Ways to Raise Earth-friendly Kids by Amy of TeachMama.com Though my kids may scream at the occasional spider, cry when snow fills their boots or melt when the temperature reaches 110 degrees, I do believe they’re Earth-friendly, outdoor-loving kiddos. And there isn’t a whole lot to it. In celebration of Earth Day, here [...]

5 Reasons to Read to Your Child Every Day

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  Your child will treasure the time together. For many families, the normal rhythm of the day can be busy verging on frantic. Sitting down with a book is a way to step out of the race and focus on each other. Put away your phone, turn off the TV and enjoy being together as [...]

RYAN SEACREST and Melissa & DOUG Treat the Boys & Girls Club of East L.A. with Art Donations!

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Earlier this month, we teamed up with Ryan Seacrest to perform a Random Act of Kindness: Supplying kids at the East LA Boys & Girls Club with fresh new Melissa and Doug art supplies! We’re happy we were able to help these great kids. Thanks for connecting us, Ryan Seacrest! [kyte.tv appKey=MarbachViewerEmbedded&uri=channels/388452/1640558&tbid=424588&p=4484&height=402&width=560] Read the complete article [...]

Ultimate Birthday Party Sweepstakes! You Could Win $500 in Toys and Party Supplies

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.), 18 YEARS AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 05/15/2012. For Official Rules, alternate method of entry, prize descriptions and odds, visit   http://bit.ly/ultimate-birthday-party-official-rules. Sponsors: 1) Melissa & Doug, LLC, P.O. Box 590, Westport, CT [...]

Stacy Shares: Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

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This family activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Explore your backyard in a new way with this sensory adventure. Gardening with my kids is a big deal to me. It is one of the most rewarding ways we spend time together. There are so many [...]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

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Beanbag Toss: Draw different throw lines for children of different ages. (You might even let toddlers walk up to the target and drop their bean bag into the hole!) Water Play: With supplies as simple as a wide plastic bowl (or water table) and a collection of cups, older children can experiment and learn about [...]

What Lessons Will Bloom in Your Child’s Garden?

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Memory & Sequencing: The process of planting requires gardeners to follow set steps. Your child will use memory and narrative thinking to master the process: Prepare the soil, dig the hole, plant the seed. . . . Biology: Through direct experience your child will see a basic life cycle unfold: infancy, growth, full bloom, death. [...]