Involving Children at the Family Table

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Our family has eaten dinner at the table as a daily tradition since the start of our marriage. With the arrival of babies, we brought their little carriers and seats right to the family table with us for mealtimes. There’s no [...]

The Family Kitchen: Simple Meal Planning for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

A Simple Meal Plan for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The week before Thanksgiving or Christmas can be utterly chaotic if you are hosting. Let’s do some simple meal planning to help you get through the [...]

The Family Kitchen: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

The Family Dinner: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

These playful dinner table activities that focus on teaching children gratitude are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and are written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When I think of Thanksgiving the first word that comes to mind is TURKEY. I admit, I love [...]

Family Exercise: 5 Easy Tips for Running with Your Kids

Family Exercise: 5 Easy Tips for Running with Your Kids *great tips

Taking Care of You: These parenting tips for running with your kids are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Finding time to run when you have a family can be challenging. Earlier this summer, we shared tips for running with a stroller for parents of younger children. [...]

5 “Totally Sweet” Thanksgiving Crafts & Learning Activities

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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 [...]

Kid-Made Thank You Cards

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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

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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 [...]

Easiest Ever Handprint Turkey

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Thanksgiving is all about saying thank you and I love to make homemade cards with my children. This card takes minute to make but is [...]

The Grateful Turkey Thanksgiving Day Craft for Kids

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In our family, we’ve done activities on Thanksgiving Days past involving turkey feathers and writing down the things we were grateful for. But this year, we thought it would be fun to turn the plates on the kid’s table into works of art AND expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving. All your child will need to [...]