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, […]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

These tips for gardening with kids come to us from guest blogger Kim Vij of 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 a family is to start a garden together. Gardening […]

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 […]

Play Prompts: Play Dough Creation Station!

This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This play dough creation station is super easy to set up and provides so many different play possibilities! The Setup: I wanted a truly open-ended playful invitation that could inspire my son in a multitude of ways. To create this play prompt, […]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

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 […]