10 Must-Have Art Supplies for Unlimited Crafts with Kids (Part I)

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Arts & Crafts activities can provide endless hours of creative fun for children.  But many parents often wonder: what art supplies do I really need to keep in my craft closet? We recommend starting out with the basics. Once you have a few fundamentals, your child will have plenty of inspiration to explore and create wonderful crafts! Finding [...]

From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: All About January!

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January is here! For many early learners, another year (or even month) might not mean that much…yet. Here are some educational conversation-starters and activities to help kids understand what January is all about! 1)      “January is…” Take a few moments to introduce your child to the month of January: -          There are 31 days in [...]

New Year Number Search

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Say goodbye to 2012 and HELLO 2013 with this fun New Year’s Number Search printable! Instructions: Put a line through each “2012″ you find Circle each “2013″ you find Click on the image to download this printable! For more fun winter activities, visit the Melissa & Doug Pinterest “WinterWonderland” board!

3 New Year’s Activities for Kids (Make a resolution to have fun . . . starting now!)

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While the grown-ups plan to break old habits and sign up for new gym memberships, help your kids take a lighter look at the changing of the calendar! Check out these three New Year’s planning activities, designed to help kids get perspective on the year, articulate their own values, and plan for fun throughout the [...]

New Year’s Activity: Blessing Box

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What’s your family’s New Year’s resolution? For guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife), 2013 will be the year of gratitude.  In a recent blog post, she shares how to create a special box with your child to keep track of blessings all year round. Here’s a quick overview on creating a “Blessing Box”: 1)      Have your child [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Countdown to the New Year (Printable!)

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We’re six days away from 2013, and a great way to get your kids involved in the New Years countdown is with this paper link chain activity.  Use this free printable for kids of all ages – older kids can enjoy talking about the resolutions and what a “New Year” means to them, while younger [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Start a Color Journal!

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie If your kids are a little too young to start a traditional journal, a color journal may be a good alternative! To make your own, you will need about [...]

4 Oven-Free Holiday Cookie Projects (and Printable!)

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For many of us, the holiday season is a wonderful time to whip up your favorite family recipes and sweet treats. Many children love to join in the fun by either helping with specific activities (like measuring or mixing), or emulating you with their own play food. If you’re looking for a “less mess” activity [...]

Gift Guru: The Best Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

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Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and [...]