Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

Guest editor Carrie Anne from provided this post for the Melissa & Doug blog. Most times when my kids pull out the paint it is to create creatures, scenes, and images from their imagination. This is a great way to explore their creativity but painting to recreate something they see can also open a […]

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 […]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij This gardening post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as […]

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 […]

4 Activities to Help Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

From guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. Summertime is coming to a close and that means only one thing – Back to School! For your child entering kindergarten this can be both an exciting experience and one that can make him feel a little hesitant. It is, after all, his first opportunity to put his budding […]

6 Playful Printables to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School

As you cling to the last fleeting days of summer, somewhere in the back of your mind you know that the first day of school is just around the corner. It’s time to start moving up your kids’ bedtimes, getting those backpack hooks cleared away, and — yes {sigh} — practicing some school-related skills. We’ve […]