Understanding Concepts

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This post about understanding concepts was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me that her first grader’s teacher has mentioned to her several times that her son needs help learning concepts. My [...]

A Garden Exploration Table

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This Garden Exploration Table post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. Spring is nearly here! While we still have snow on the ground and the weather is raw and rainy here, the kids and I decided to bring a little spring indoors. I set up a garden exploration table for [...]

Connecting With Your Kids

Connecting With Your Kids: Tips & Tricks For Everyday Moments

Did you know there are a mere 15 weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day? Parents tend to put off family activities as we wait for the weather to improve, for the kids to be out of school, or for work to quiet down. How we spend our time with our children NOW sets the [...]

An Easy Card Trick and the Benefits of Magic

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This magic-inspired post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com An Easy Card Trick and the Benefits of Magic Magic and illusion have the ability to open a child’s mind to possibilities beyond the obvious. Seeing a great trick performed will have my kids clustered in discussion trying to figure out the magician’s secrets. It’s [...]

Shamrock Maze & Rainbow Printable Pages

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St. Patrick’s Day is here, along with two more festive printable pages to help your family celebrate! So, it’s time for the “wee” ones to take out their favorite colors of crayons, pencils or markers – even glitter glue – and start creating something wonderfully fun! Click on the printable pages below to print! Leprechaun at [...]

Meet our Family of Giant Stuffed Animals!

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Stuffed animals can be the most lovable and loyal of friends! With super-soft fur and cuddles galore, these snuggly buddies can bring sweet dreams at bedtime, lots of warm hugs, and endless hours of play on rainy days. Our Melissa & Doug family of furry friends has grown to include more than 150 different animals, and we’d love to introduce [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Printables!

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It’s the time of year when everyone seems to feel a bit Irish. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to start the festivities early – by sharing free printables with you! “Wee” lads and lasses will love decorating in St. Patrick’s honor with this scissor skills printable page. Print as many [...]

Daylight Saving Time – Changing the Clock!

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This Sunday marks the beginning of what’s known as “Daylight Saving” time, when most people in the United States will move the time on their clocks ahead by one hour (the time officially changes at 2:00 am on Sunday). In recent years it may have become simpler to make the change to Daylight Saving because so many clocks are automatically updated, like on cell phones, tablets, etc. [...]

Rainbow Activities & Snacks for Kids!

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Everyone loves rainbows! They are bright, cheery and they provide so many opportunities for learning, play and imagination! We’ve gathered some awesome rainbow activities you can do with your kids today, either at home or school! From snacks to playtime, [...]