Rekindling Back to School Friendships

Melissa Doug Friendship Bracelet Beading School Craft (1)

Check out these cool friendship bracelet crafts and video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know [...]

Vacation Photo Project for Kids

Vacation Photo Project for Kids: Great way to get pictures off your camera!

Did you take a family vacation this summer? How many photos do you have on your phone RIGHT NOW? If you’re like me, you have thousands from throughout the year. As part of the Capturing Childhood initiative, we’ve chatted about: 3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photography How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mess-Free Glitter and a Weekend at the Lake

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This post about Mess-Free Glitter fun with friends is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Is everyone enjoying their summer? Our family sure is! Over the 4th of July we invited some of our closest friends up to our lake cabin to spend the weekend. The truth is, we [...]

DIY Autograph Books

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This family travel diy autograph books post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Vacation time brings with it family travel and this year we’re headed to Walt Disney World for a little theme park fun. Wild rides and colourful parades will be part of our agenda as will meeting some of our favourite Disney characters. In [...]

Free Printable Card for Father’s Day!

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This is that special time of year when we let those special men in our lives know how thankful we are for them, and for all of the ways they enhance the life and heart of each child: Father’s Day! Whatever you and your child(ren) might have planned for your Father’s Day celebration, it just [...]

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 [...]

Create a Personalized Handmade Book

Create a Personalized Book

This handmade book craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. The coloring sheets and drawing project persist in piles about our house. And the boys are always asking for paper. So I decided we could (temporarily!) solve both those problems by creating drawing booklets for the kids to collect the designs and [...]