Spring Obstacle Course!

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This Spring Obstacle Course post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hurray! It looks like Spring has finally sprung! The kids have been cooped up all winter long and now is a great time to get them outside for some exercise. In nice weather, playgrounds, parks, [...]

April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

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April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

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This free printable fun page is from you friends at Melissa & Doug. Melissa & Doug’s Spring Printable FUN continues with this Hidden Picture page. We’ve even mixed a bit of letter recognition play to the “mystery” of our hidden picture activity – for a little “hidden” learning! Color the spaces according to our directions to reveal a surprise picture! Add some [...]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you - with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear so many parents and [...]

Winter Scavenger Hunt

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated.  The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor [...]

Celebrate the New Year with a New Printable!

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Whether it is an art project, puppet show, or this new Winter Sleigh Ride printable, we thank you for making Melissa & Doug a part of your New Year! This time of year is the perfect time to enjoy creative family activities, and kick the New Year off right. Click here to download our new Winter Sleigh [...]

Snowflake Scissor Skills: Printable & More!

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Print out this winter-themed scissors skills printable, grab some child-safe scissors and get ready for some creative winter-themed fun! Scissor crafts are a great pre-writing skill builder as they lay the groundwork for proper pencil grip. After cutting out the shapes of this snowflake craft kids can decorate them, create a snowy scene indoors or use them [...]

Lively LEAF Activities

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We’ve “raked up” a PILE of leaf-themed crafts and activities for you to try during these final, fleeting days of fall. Make those autumn chores less of a bore by involving your kids in some clever ways. While you (or, ahem,  DAD!) are cleaning out the gutters or raking the yard, have the kiddos sort [...]

Fall Leaf Bingo (with Printable!)

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This Fall fun activity is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.   Fall is my family’s favorite season. The weather is lovely and the scenery is beautiful. It’s an absolutely fantastic time to be outside playing, learning, and exploring. Today’s activity is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside and take in [...]