Making Greeting Cards for Older Members in Your Community

Guest post provided by Roo Ciambriello. The holidays are generally a time of family togetherness, special traditions, and giving. For many senior adults in nursing homes, however, the holidays can be kind of cold and lonely. My husband sings at over a dozen nursing homes and hospice centers in our state each month, and had the […]

Wondering About Winter?

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 […]

5 Oh-So-Cute Ornament Projects for Kids

Child-made ornaments make great holiday gifts for loved ones to ooh and aah over. Consider making a second one to save for yourself to start a family tradition of having your child make one hand-made ornament each year. Hang the ornaments on your family tree while your son or daughter is little, and when they […]

“Winter Wonderland” Printables for Kids

If you’re in need of some indoor fun, check out these three printables for inspiration! Simply click on the printable, print, and let your child’s imagination run wild! You can also check out our Winter Wonderland Pinterest board for arts & crafts ideas for kids, food fun, creative activities, and more. Let it Snow! A […]

4 Oven-Free Holiday Cookie Projects (and Printable!)

For many of us, the holiday season is a wonderful time to whip up your favorite family recipes and sweet treats. Many children love to join in the fun by either helping with specific activities (like measuring or mixing), or emulating you with their own play food. If you’re looking for a “less mess” activity […]

DIY State Ornaments

From special guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. As much as we’d love to see all of our friends and family this holiday season, it’s often not possible.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t on our minds and in our hearts! We decided to honor our loved ones, near and far, by decorating our Christmas […]

Gift Guru: The Best Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and […]

Cookie-Swap Season! Keep the Kids Involved (but out of the way!)

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! 6 dozen cookies. Times two. That’s 144 cookies that needed to come out of my kitchen in 1 weekend for two separate cookie swaps I had to attend. I love to bake with my kids but sometimes mommy just needs to get down to business and […]

Stacy Shares: Simple Gift Ideas

This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “For me, the best part of the holidays is spending time with family, focusing on others, and teaching my children the joy of giving.”   –Stacy Every December, the children and I transform into elves. We dream up elaborate schemes […]