Mother’s Day: Make It More than a Phone Call

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These ideas for making Mother’s Day special are brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. Mother’s Day (in one form or another) is observed in over 40 cultures. In some, it’s tied to International Women’s Day; in others, it relates to religious festivals. Here in the United [...]

Parent Watercooler: Give Mom a Box of Love

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This gift tutorial is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   – Zina Still searching for a unique Mother’s Day present? A small “Box of Love” is the perfect gift for Mom. While I keep the clutter at my work desk [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Letter-Writing Kit

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Get your letter-writing supplies organized and let your kids enjoy some old-school fun! Do you love getting letters in the mail? Do you want to send off a quick note to a friend, but tend to lose [...]

(More!) Tricks for Developing Language through Play

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Playtime should be full of fun, but it’s also a super time to sneak in some language learning! Did you totally dig the last Language & Play post? Sure you did! Here are two more tricks for [...]

Communicate without Words: 5 Nonverbal Tricks that Speak Loud and Clear!

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Eye Contact What to do: Look your child in the eye when he/she is talking to you. What it says: “I hear you, and I’m paying attention to what you’re saying.” Tone of Voice What to do: Keep your voice calm and steady, even when your child is overwrought. What it says: “You can trust [...]

Rainy Day Fun: Number Hunt

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Easter is over, but my kids are still eager to hunt for things. When the weather is nice we head outside and hunt for bugs and worms and heart-shaped rocks but when it’s raining we hunt for numbers! A number hunt is a great learning-and-playing rainy-day activity. Melissa & Doug Chunky Number Puzzle is the [...]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  -Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can [...]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

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Set up camp. Let your child help plan where he/she and the guest will sleep. (Is there enough space in his/her bedroom, or would sleeping bags in the living room make more sense?) Then add some welcoming touches like a nice pillow, a cute cup for water and maybe an extra night light to make [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Rainy-Day Stamping

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This creative activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make fun of rainy days with this wacky weather artwork! My daughter and I had a great time making these silly raindrop pictures, and you probably already have everything you need to make one too! This is [...]