Foolproof Chocolate Puffs

Baking with kids is such a special experience. I love to work with my girls in the kitchen but outside of the bigger holidays, it can be a little harder to squeeze in the time to do it. Especially when it means an extended period of measuring, mixing, and rolling or cutting. Sometimes you just […]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars! Using her Print Your Own […]

Making Greeting Cards for Older Members in Your Community

Guest post provided by Roo Ciambriello. The holidays are generally a time of family togetherness, special traditions, and giving. For many senior adults in nursing homes, however, the holidays can be kind of cold and lonely. My husband sings at over a dozen nursing homes and hospice centers in our state each month, and had the […]

Wondering About Winter?

Chill with the kids and put the holiday hustle on ice with these cool winter facts plus an easy activity. Fun Facts about Winter: December 21 marks the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s called winter solstice because it’s the day when the sun sits closest to the […]

5 Oh-So-Cute Ornament Projects for Kids

Child-made ornaments make great holiday gifts for loved ones to ooh and aah over. Consider making a second one to save for yourself to start a family tradition of having your child make one hand-made ornament each year. Hang the ornaments on your family tree while your son or daughter is little, and when they […]

5 “Totally Sweet” Thanksgiving Crafts & Learning Activities

OK. So our first activity is “sweet” ’cuz it actually involves CHOCOLATE! {Yeah, we thought that might get your attention.} The others are “totally sweet” in the adorable sense of the word. Today’s clever crafts and learning activities are written by our Melissa & Doug guest bloggers and Blog Ambassadors. In the spirit of the […]

Festive in 5 minutes

How many of you remember sitting at a wobbly card table in a squashed corner of a dining room longingly gazing at the big people’s table with all it’s fancy finery on Thanksgiving? I’m sure I’m not alone in this classic kid memory. This year marks the very first year our family & guest size […]

Kid-Made Thank You Cards

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to craft up some handmade thank you cards to give to loved ones both near and far. Our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen of Inner Child Fun shares an easy step by step craft tutorial for a simple, yet beautiful thank you card the kids can make […]

Raising Thankful Kids

As parents, we know: “Children LEARN what they LIVE.” {Tweet this.} For our children to grow up to be gracious and thankful, they must first have gratitude modeled for them. We all hope we’re demonstrating gratitude year-round, but November offers us the chance to be more explicit about the many opportunities we all have to […]