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 [...]

Cookie-Swap Season! Keep the Kids Involved (but out of the way!)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! 6 dozen cookies. Times two. That’s 144 cookies that needed to come out of my kitchen in 1 weekend for two separate cookie swaps I had to attend. I love to bake with my kids but sometimes mommy just needs to get down to business and [...]

Hanukkah Craft For Toddlers (and older kids too)

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Get your littlest friends excited about Hanukkah by making a pretty Star of David painting. Making specific shapes can be tricky for toddlers, but this craft makes it [...]

Stacy Shares: Simple Gift Ideas

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “For me, the best part of the holidays is spending time with family, focusing on others, and teaching my children the joy of giving.”   –Stacy Every December, the children and I transform into elves. We dream up elaborate schemes [...]

Make the Holidays Special – Pinterest Board Highlights

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Have you entered our inspirational “Make the Holidays Special” Pinterest challenge yet? We have truly enjoyed experiencing all your beautiful boards so far! From gorgeous decorations to scrumptious treats, the ideas you’ve Pinned will certainly help make the holidays special for many. As part of our challenge, we’re awarding four winners with $200 each to [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: 5 Kid-Made Gift Tags that Say More than just “To” and “From”

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Any holiday gift feels a little more special when topped with a hand-made card from loved ones! Add a thoughtful touch to presents and help kids get caught up in the spirit of giving with creative gift tags that are one of a kind. Here are five ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 1) [...]

Spin-Art Ornaments

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(This is a guest blog post from Adrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer’s Wife) With the holiday season upon us, I decided it was time for us to make some homemade ornaments. This is the first year my daughter has been old enough to really get into holiday craft making and thanks to our Melissa & Doug Swirl [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Watercolor-Resist Paintings

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This idea for creative fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some painting fun with your kids! -Valerie Does your child love to paint? Have you tried watercolor-resist paintings before? Are you ready to combine beautiful Autumn leaves with colorful works of art?? Then this [...]