Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last [...]

5 Crafty Gift Tags Kids Can Make!

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This crafty gift tags post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. 5 Gift Tags as Gifts Wrapping gifts can certainly put you in a festive mood. You found just the right gift for those on your list or maybe you took some extra time and made something with the recipient in mind. Wrapping these special treasures [...]

Home for the Holidays

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This holidays post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children love being a part of the hustle and bustle of holiday season. Often the adults get wrapped up in gift buying, menu planning and preparing for family to visit. Many children can often feel [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Gift Idea: Art Kit for Kids

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This DIY Art Kit post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. The holidays are approaching and you might be looking for a unique and creative gift for kids. This DIY art kit for kids is the perfect present for encouraging creativity and fostering a love for art throughout [...]

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments

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Making handmade ornaments is something to treasure. They are made with love and care, and are a constant reminder for the years to come of your child’s youth. However, sometimes it can be overwhelming and seem stressful to find time to make the perfect memorable ornament. Not any more. These simple thumbprint ornaments are easy [...]

Holiday baking with kids: 7 tips for having fun and keeping your sanity!

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Holiday baking time! This might be my most favorite time in the kitchen of the whole year. My girls and I are drawn to the seasonal displays of ingredients at the grocery store like moths to the flame. We stock up on all flavors of chips and sprinkles and nuts for baking cookies and treats. [...]

The Melissa & Doug Black Friday Specials Start Now!

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This week, there’s so much to be thankful for, including the annual Melissa & Doug Black Friday Specials! This year, we’re offering some incredible deals on our website to help you stock up on all the holiday gifts you need. But remember, these are very limited time offers: our Black Friday specials are only available [...]

Involving Children at the Family Table

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Our family has eaten dinner at the table as a daily tradition since the start of our marriage. With the arrival of babies, we brought their little carriers and seats right to the family table with us for mealtimes. There’s no [...]