5 Crafty Gift Tags Kids Can Make!

Melissa Doug Handmade Gift Tag Ideas

This crafty gift tags post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. 5 Gift Tags as Gifts Wrapping gifts can certainly put you in a festive mood. You found just the right gift for those on your list or maybe you took some extra time and made something with the recipient in mind. Wrapping these special treasures [...]

Home for the Holidays

Kids Playing Calendar on Floor

This holidays post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children love being a part of the hustle and bustle of holiday season. Often the adults get wrapped up in gift buying, menu planning and preparing for family to visit. Many children can often feel [...]

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments

Thumbprint-Ornaments

Making handmade ornaments is something to treasure. They are made with love and care, and are a constant reminder for the years to come of your child’s youth. However, sometimes it can be overwhelming and seem stressful to find time to make the perfect memorable ornament. Not any more. These simple thumbprint ornaments are easy [...]

23 STEM Based Play Ideas

Melissa and Doug STEM Based Play Ideas

This STEM Play post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Encouraging the kids to get creative and delve into the world of imaginary play is an important part of childhood but the science and technology side of things is also key. I think that’s why I love the growth of the whole STEM Play movement. [...]

Trick or Treat Printable Fun!

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Trick or treat! Halloween is only two weeks away, and we’re sharing two free printable pages to help pass the time. Whether or not your costumes are chosen, your little artist or writer can enjoy some trick or treat printable fun right now. Just click on a page and print it! Are you still searching for just the “right” look for Halloween? [...]

Printable Puzzles – for YOU!

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Make puzzle playtime extra-fun with these cool printable puzzles! Children who like to draw or color can design their own unique puzzles! Print out this Create-Your-Own Puzzle printable and allow your little artist decorate the puzzle area. Next, cut out the individual pieces and let the puzzle play begin! This creative puzzle page can be printed and enjoyed, over and over again. If animal themed puzzles are more your style, the [...]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

Environmental Print in Road Signs

This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

Encouraging Little Authors with Book-Making Activities

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This bookmaking post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Before a child learns to write or read, they are read to. Children with favorite books likely recognize favorite characters and series at a glance. This recognition, or “reading,” of text characteristics is the very seed of literacy! What better way [...]