Encouraging Little Authors with Book-Making Activities

This bookmaking post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Before a child learns to write or read, they are read to. Children with favorite books likely recognize favorite characters and series at a glance. This recognition, or “reading,” of text characteristics is the very seed of literacy! What better way […]

Simple Handprint Craft for Grandparents Day!

This kid-made gift idea for Grandparents Day comes from our guest blogger Dayna of Lemon Lime Adventures. Grandparents Day is fast approaching and will be here on the first Sunday of September, following Labor Day. Are you thinking that you didn’t know Grandparents Day was this soon? Don’t worry, you still have time to create […]

Exploring Patriotic Symbols through Crafts

This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. America is a land of great variety – every state has its own bird, flag, tree, flower, and landmarks. With our country’s rich history, we have many people, buildings, and symbols that express our nation’s heritage of freedom. In time […]

Coloring and Body Awareness

These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Coloring….it’s something most kids do at one time or another (but some certainly enjoy more than others). Obviously, we love the beautiful creations that our children turn out, but did you know that there is so much more to […]

Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals

This Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Over the summer the kids have enjoyed their letter-writing project. As they receive replies I hope they continue writing throughout the year. Unlike letter writing, journals aren’t reliant on a recipient and can contain ideas and thoughts that your child doesn’t necessarily […]

How to decorate for Back to School

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats […]

Week 2 of Summer Fun is Here!

Here it is ~ Week 2 of your fun Summer Calendar! Each Monday we’ll bring you another exciting week of our Summer Calendar! You’ll find June packed with game ideas, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, family-friendly tips for traveling with the kids, and special features dedicated to “Taking Care of You”! You can download and print this week’s interactive […]

Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

Guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com 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 […]

4 Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Every child wants something special to give as a Mother’s Day gift. These four kid-made gifts are a perfect way for boys and girls to say “I love you,” with a beautiful and one-of-a-kind keepsake. Hey, Dads (and Moms who need a gift idea for Grandma) . . . Think about a handmade card, jewelry, […]