Making Greeting Cards for Older Members in Your Community

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Guest post provided by Roo Ciambriello. The holidays are generally a time of family togetherness, special traditions, and giving. For many senior adults in nursing homes, however, the holidays can be kind of cold and lonely. My husband sings at over a dozen nursing homes and hospice centers in our state each month, and had the [...]

Wondering About Winter?

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Chill with the kids and put the holiday hustle on ice with these cool winter facts plus an easy activity. December 21 marks the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s called winter solstice because it’s the day when the sun sits closest to the horizon, meaning we see [...]

Celebrity for a (Holi)day: Julia Child

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Turn your holiday season kitchen time into a parent-child play day celebrating Julia Child. Introduce your kids to the woman who introduced Americans to homemade French cooking. Begin with a breakfast of French toast, quiche, or Julia’s French scrambled eggs and build your day around Julia’s recipe for living. Be Fearless An ageless female role [...]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

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Our family looks forward to Christmas all year long. It’s our favorite holiday. In fact, my kids have been writing letters to Santa since December 26th of last year. While their writing and picture-drawing skills have improved immensely over the past 11 months, I’ve realized that I’ve neglected to show them the correct way to [...]

Snowflake Scissor Skills: Printable!

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Print out this winter-themed scissors skills printable and grab some child-safe scissors! Scissor crafts are a great pre-writing skill builder as they lay the groundwork for proper pencil grip. After cutting out the snowflakes, the kids can decorate them or create a snowy scene indoors! Click the image below to download the PDF printable!  

Holiday Messes Don’t Have to Stop the Party: 5 Easy Solutions

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Written by guest contributor Katie Bugbee.   There are your everyday messes, kid’s room messes and playroom disasters. And then there are the messes that come from hosting gaggles of family members for the holidays — and having to feed and shelter them day after day. As a parent, you’ve probably mastered how to get your kids [...]

Announcing the 25th Anniversary Great Train Giveaway!

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All year-long, we’ve been celebrating 25 years of Melissa & Doug with special giveaways and events. And, we have ONE more up our sleeve before the year ends:  A very special Great Train Giveway! The Melissa & Doug stacking train is a classic, so what better way to treat our fans than by giving away [...]

Shop Cyber Monday Specials at Melissa & Doug!

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Cyber Monday is finally here! Are YOU stocking up on all your holiday gifts today? On www.MelissaAndDoug.com, we have some fantastic Cyber Monday deals for you – so you can get all the holiday gifts on your list. Check out some of the exciting specials happening today – but you should act fast: These offers end [...]

Shop Melissa & Doug’s Black Friday Specials Now!

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The most exciting shopping days of the year are here! Melissa & Doug is now offering some incredible Cyber Deals to help you stock up on all the holiday gifts you need! Check out the special offers happening right now . . . and happy shopping! Free Shipping! For a limited time, we’re offering Free [...]