Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

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Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether [...]

Lunchbox Note Ideas: Scratch Art Sayings

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→ During the coming months, guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome will help us share love with our little ones throughout the school day, with her creative lunchbox note ideas! We hope you enjoy this special series from Julie. Last year was my first experience packing lunches for my little boys, as we did our first [...]

Art on a Cart: Encourage Creativity Every Day!

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Creative Play, Every Day! Melissa & Doug believes that artistic play is a wonderful way to encourage creativity in children. Guest blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home has found a convenient and inviting way to encourage creativity at her home – indoors and out. See how things you already have in your home, and [...]

Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

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This post about transitioning into a new school year is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time outside enjoying the [...]

Handprint Painting Craft for Ice Cream Day!

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This ice cream-inspired, handprint painting craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. I remember when letting my toddler use paints gave me the shivers! Now we happily embrace the mess of paints to create all sorts of pictures and crafts. I love to have my boys paint outside, because the mess [...]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

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Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book [...]

Teddy Bear Picnic: A Soft & Cuddly Play Date!

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It’s the perfect season for a special picnic . . . and today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack up what you’ll need for your teddy bear picnic: a yummy lunch (or colorful play food treats), picnic basket, comfy blanket, and your camera. (This will be a day for special memories!) Have each person in [...]

Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

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This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come [...]

Connecting With Kids By *Ignoring* Their Interests

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This post on connecting with 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. Today’s tip for connecting with kids is a bit… unconventional. So often as parents we are told to encourage our children’s interests. I agree [...]