5 Clever Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

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Did you know that January 29th is National Puzzle Day? Whether your puzzle preference is jigsaw, crossword, or maze, there are TONS of fun ways — for both children and adults — to celebrate puzzles. If you’re feeling puzzled about how you could celebrate this special day with your child, try these ideas on for [...]

String Art Heart – Crafts for Tweens

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I love crafting but my kids are still small so most of the crafts we make are simple and open ended. I miss more detailed tricky crafts and I am excited to share a craft aimed at tweens for Valentine’s day. This looks hard but it’s not hard, it just requires patience and more developed [...]

Capturing Sweethearts

Capturing sweethearts: Photo tips for Valentine's Day | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a playful little photo shoot of your sweethearts. I love to take pictures of the kids for grandparents as a personal keepsake for them to enjoy each year. Capturing photo card worthy pictures of your kids is a lot easier if you have a few tricks up your [...]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family (…and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Family (and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

Has your family made any New Year’s Resolutions? Every new year offers your family a new beginning . . .  A chance to “right” the “wrongs” (or at least the “could do betters”) and do things a little differently. {Tweet this!} Today we’re sharing 5 family-based resolutions for the New Year. May they inspire you [...]

How Do You Keep Your Kids Clothes Organized?

How Moms Keep Their Kids Clothes Organized

It’s the question we all want to know, how are other moms tackling all of those tiny socks and stack of pajama pants? Do they have a tried and true secret the rest of use don’t know about? I asked ten moms one simple question, What works for you, how do you keep your kids clothes [...]

Toy Rotation & Donation

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The holidays are coming and it is time to address TOYS. Today I am over at Let’s Lasso the Moon sharing … 5 Tips for getting your child to WILLINGLY participate in donating toys. Click here to read the post. Teaching children the power of donation and empathy are important, but sometimes you just need [...]

An Organized Study Area That Works

Creating an Organized Study Area

This has been a year of teaching my children to be more self-sufficient. We started with our bed time routine, then packing lunches and choosing snacks, and have quickly moved on to homework and study time. I’m happy to tell you today with a few simple steps we have turned this once hectic task in [...]

So Easy It’s Spooky! Halloween Snacks For Kids.

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     As a blogger people usually expect me to make over the top holiday treats, birthday parties , and other celebrations. Nope. I am pretty chill [...]

Storytelling with Stamp-A-Scene

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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 [...]