8 Things to Prep for this Summer

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Olaf loves summer. And so does every child on the planet. But this season of no school and longer daylight hours can often mean more work and more planning for parents and caregivers. Here are eight of the most important [...]

Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gifts

Kid-Made Mother's Day Ideas

Hey, DADs (and MOMs who need a gift idea for Grandma): A Handmade Card , Jewelry, AND a Keepsake Box – It’s everything you need to create a child-made gift package that comes from the heart. Perfect for Mothers, Grandmas, Aunts, or that “You’re Like a Mother to Us” special person in your life. “My [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

All Things Easter… A Roundup of Easter Crafts, Learning Activities & Wearables

Easter Roundup of crafts, learning activities, and wearables

Keep your kiddos busy this Easter season with print-and-use activity pages, crafts even for the “un-craftiest” of moms, Eastertime tips for parents with special needs children — and MORE! So, HOP TO IT and read on… Colorful “Butterfly Garden” Easter Centerpieces “So easy. Plop it in. Bam. Done.”  That’s the kind of ease that Blog [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Three

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Printable Fun with Melissa & Doug continues this spring! This printable is perfect for helping little letter learners practice their skills. Simply click here to print this “Begins with the Letter A” printable, and enjoy!

Spring Printable FUN! Part Two

SpringCounting

This spring printable is perfect for your little birdy! Have your child count the birds in the scene, then write their answer in the box below. Click here to print this Spring Counting Fun! Printable. Extension activities: Ask your child to match the birds by color Ask your child to name the birds Ask your [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

SpringHiddenPicture

Melissa & Doug’s Spring Printable FUN continues with this Hidden Picture Fun! printable. Color the spaces according to our directions to reveal a surprise picture! Click here to print and enjoy!

Easter Bunny Maze! {Printable}

Easter Maze - FREE PRINTABLE from Melissa & Doug

This Easter Bunny Maze printable is a great Spring activity! Simply click here to print the maze for your child. For added bunny fun, ask them to alternate colors and textures in their line! You can make up a story for the bunny (What is their name? Where does the bunny live?) and ask your [...]

Planning a DIY Birthday Party

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This Planning a DIY Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Throwing any birthday party, whether a simple special dinner and cake or renting a couple hours at a play spot, involves some thoughtful planning and preparation. If you’re looking to reduce costs or showcase your [...]