A Garden Exploration Table

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This Garden Exploration Table post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStongHome. Spring is nearly here! While we still have snow on the ground and the weather is raw and rainy here, the kids and I decided to bring a little spring indoors. I set up a garden exploration table for [...]

Helping Kids Learn to Wait!

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This post about helping kids learn to wait is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What did we ever do before smart phones and the Internet? Everything we need to know is now at our fingertips! Do you even remember the days before we had DVR and [...]

50+ Box Play Activities with Kids

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This box play activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Have you ever noticed at times your child is more interested in the box than the new toy? You take quite a bit of thought in a gift to give your child and many times once they [...]

Valentine mail bags: super-cute, sweet and simple

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This creative way of bringing some personalized fun and creativity to Valentine’s Day is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   I have been a Classroom Parent now for almost five years, and each year, I am not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day Mail Bags. Some years, [...]

Water Color Heart Card Craft

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This heart-themed card craft idea is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Valentine’s Day is approaching soon and it will be time to start thinking of our loved ones. Sending a special love note to a someone in your child’s life can be a big deal for a child. Here’s a fun [...]

5 Crafty Gift Tags Kids Can Make!

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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 [...]

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments

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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

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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. [...]

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 [...]