Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

Family Candlelight Dinner

Every Monday evening, our family plans an Italian-themed candlelight dinner. It has quickly become one of our most favorite family traditions, and a wonderful way to begin each week. The best part is that the kids can actively participate in the process of preparing the meal, and we keep things very simple! Here are a few […]

Favorite Gifts for Future Artists

This list of favorite art supplies is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, curated by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen of Inner Child Fun. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Need a few inspiring gift ideas for the future artists on your holiday list this year? Here are some of our favorite art products that get […]

Storytelling with Stamp-A-Scene

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Here’s a simple storytelling activity you can try with even very young children who may be too young to write on their own. Melissa & Doug’s Stamp-A-Scene sets can […]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Simple Sand Structures

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie When we visit the beach, my kids love playing in the sand and can spend an entire afternoon building huge sand structures and sculptures! On those days when a […]

Val’s Quick Craft: Scratch Art Valentines

This week, our Blog Ambassador Val (Inner Child Fun) shared an adorable craft to help celebrate Valentine’s Day! We love it because, of all the arts and crafts available for Valentine’s Day, this one truly is quick and easy! Here’s a quick overview of her Scratch Art Valentines: 1)      Gather up the materials you need. […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Collaborative Coloring Activity

This idea for crafty coloring fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Do your kids enjoy coloring? Do they spend lots of time doodling and drawing? Do you need a simple activity that encourages siblings to share, cooperate, and get […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Start a Color Journal!

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie If your kids are a little too young to start a traditional journal, a color journal may be a good alternative! To make your own, you will need about […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Block Play in a Winter Wonderland

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie It seems as though my kids can never get enough block play. Whether it’s experimenting with our favorite Melissa & Doug unit block set, or creating their own pretend […]