17 Clever Ways to Re-purpose Your Puzzles

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Got a stack of puzzles your kids seem to have outgrown? Check out this collection of ideas for “breathing new life” into your puzzles by using them for storytelling, art projects, scavenger hunts, and much more! Read on for a hefty roundup of 17 clever ways to re-purpose your child’s favorite puzzles… (HINT: If after [...]

Family Exercise: 5 Easy Tips for Running with Your Kids

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Taking Care of You: These parenting tips for running with your kids are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Finding time to run when you have a family can be challenging. Earlier this summer, we shared tips for running with a stroller for parents of younger children. [...]

Summer Birthday Parties

Summer Birthday Party Ideas from Melissa and Doug

This Summer Birthday Party idea is brought to us by Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It   Does your child have a summer birthday? Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate without having to host a swim birthday party? Here’s a Birthday Party idea for kids that will keep them moving all year [...]

The Grocery Store Game

The Grocery Store Game for Preschoolers

This post was sponsored by Melissa & Doug, and brought to us by guest blogger Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus. Our kids love the grocery store. I mean, love the grocery store.  I think it’s the combination of riding in the grocery carts, holding the different items as they make it into the basket, and seeing all of the [...]

Hands Free Kids

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Are you getting tired of looking at the top of your kids’ heads as they look down to play their electronics? Have you had enough of talking to kids only to get no response because they are so immersed in [...]

Almost Meditation – 15 peaceful activities to find calm in your busy day.

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When this series of posts was planned out I jumped at the chance to write about meditation because I was planning on practicing it in the new year. I am still planning on practicing meditation in the new year, just not this year. 2015 seems doable. Life only ever seems to speed up. I am [...]

Summer Travel: 3 Quick Tips for Making Summer Trips Full of Fun & Learning!

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Is your family ready for summer fun on the go? Let’s go! For your next family vacation, beat boredom and hit the road! Melissa & Doug’s travel toys, travel activities, sticker scenes, and portable games will keep kids entertained for the entire trip, without any loose pieces dropping between the seats. Road-trip games, travel activity [...]

Summer Structure & Skills

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This Summer Structure & Skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Although everyone breathes a big sigh of relief when the rigorous routine of school ends, we can’t forget about the importance of structure.  All children, especially those with special needs thrive in a structured [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 8

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Summer vacation is in full swing! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! This week is packed with water play, educational play activities, a super-fun playdate theme and more - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource is neatly organized and printable. To make the calendar even more helpful to [...]