What’s your Mommy Art Style?

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What’s your Mommy Art Style? Are you a hands-on, instruction giving crafter with your kids? Or do you prefer to toss a bunch of inspirational supplies onto the table and let them be guided by their own whimsy? I don’t think there’s a wrong answer here. I also don’t think it has to be always [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers to Welcome the New Year

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas! January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount [...]

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 [...]

Wondering About Winter?

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Chill with the kids and put the holiday hustle on ice with these cool winter facts plus an easy activity. Fun Facts about Winter: December 21 marks the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s called winter solstice because it’s the day when the sun sits closest to the [...]

There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By [...]

So Easy It’s Spooky! Halloween Snacks For Kids.

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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     As a blogger people usually expect me to make over the top holiday treats, birthday parties , and other celebrations. Nope. I am pretty chill [...]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

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This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks [...]

How to Build a Recycled Box City

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This recycled box city craft is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. Does your child love cars, parking garages, crafts, and cardboard? If your answer is yes, than consider spending time together on a cozy afternoon to build a Recycled Box City! We created our Recycled Box [...]

Inspirational Art Activity: Paint & Play Like Monet!

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Sneak in a little summertime learning with this “Celebrity for a Day” art activity! Your child will learn some fascinating facts about the famous artist, Monet, and enjoy creating their own masterpieces as well. Begin your Monet holiday with a kid-friendly book about the famous French Impressionist painter. For extra giggles, consider using a faux-French [...]