8 Things to Prep for this Summer

This summer planning 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 […]

Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gifts

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

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

Here’s some more free printable fun for you, from your friends at Melissa & Doug. The printable fun with Melissa & Doug continues this spring! This alphabet-themed printable is perfect for helping little letter learners practice their skills. So many amazing things begin with the letter “a“. Simply click here or on the artwork below […]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Two

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 or on the picture below to print this free Counting Fun! Spring Printable. Use your favorite colors to bring life to this lovely springtime scene! Extend the […]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

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 […]

Easter Bunny Maze Printable!

This Easter Bunny Maze printable is a great Spring activity! Simply click here to print the maze for your child. What a terrific chance for some colorful creativity! Allow children to use a variety of crayons so they can alternate the colors and textures in their line through this maze printable. There are so many a-maze-ing possibilities for fun . […]

Why hearing “Mom, I’m bored!” is a GOOD thing

This post about childhood boredom was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Have you ever heard your kids say the words “Mom, I’m bored”?  Well, if you have, you should pat yourself on the back and breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done. It seems […]