Free Printable Activity Book for Kids: Summer Boredom Busters!

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It’s that exciting time that kids wait for all year: Summer Vacation! We want summertime to be packed with laughter and moments of discovery for kids. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring some extra creative fun to your children this summer, with our FREE 10-page Boredom Busters printable activity [...]

7 Must-Haves for the Perfect Date When Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids

Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids: Great tips

This post on spending one-on-one time with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. If you have a family with multiple children, carving out some one-on-one time is a great way to truly connect with [...]

Valentine mail bags: super-cute, sweet and simple

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This creative way of bringing some personalized fun and creativity to Valentine’s Day is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   I have been a Classroom Parent now for almost five years, and each year, I am not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day Mail Bags. Some years, [...]

Stacy Shares: 10 Simple Ways Kids Can Change the World

Kids can in fact change the world, here are 10 simple ways how

My kids came home with a school assignment last week asking them to think of ways kids could change the world, right now. I asked them who was already changing the world and making it a better place. My 8 year old quickly rattled off his list of everyday heroes, this included family members, teachers, [...]

Family Candlelight Dinner

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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 [...]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Let's PUR-Tend... A collection of Pretend-Play Activities from Melissa & Doug

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of [...]

teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

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This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But [...]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]