Trick or Treat – Alternatives for Kids

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Halloween is traditionally a time for sweets, sweets, and more sweets, but who says kids must eat candy from dawn till dusk just because that’s how it’s always been done? This year, though my kids will certainly have their fair share of sweets (we are a sweet-tooth family after all), I’m really trying hard to [...]

Stacy Shares: Take Dress-Up Up A Notch!

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I have a confession to make … we aren’t huge Halloween people. We don’t eat lots of sugar (no white sugar at all actually), or take candy from strangers! Just kidding — we do trick or treat, but when we get home we give it all back out to cute kids in costume who knock [...]

5 “Summer Fun” Activities to Kick Off July!

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Ready to kick off another month of Summer Fun? This week, we’re sharing some fantastic activities for the start of July; all part of our ongoing “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday this summer, we’re unveiling a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. [...]

Spending 1:1 Time with Dad for Father’s Day

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In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected. For dads [...]

Patriotic “Spin Art” Star Garland

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This patriotic Spin Art craft idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison Spin art isn’t just a dynamic and fun way to paint. It also has a distinctive fireworks-like appearance. And, nothing seems more patriotic than red [...]

Mother’s Day Gifts from A to Z

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Something to WEAR? Something to DO? Something to READ? We’ve got it all. From bright and flowery to subtle and secret. We’ve got a range of gift ideas that’ll make Mom say everything from “Ahhhhh…” to “ZOWIE!” this Mother’s Day. * * * Beaded Necklaces for Mom               Need [...]

3 Mother’s Day Printables for Kids!

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Help your child create something special this Mother’s Day with these three printables! Perfect for moms, grandmothers, aunts, or any special person in your child’s life, these quick and easy crafts are sweet, and sentimental (not to mention, easy!) You’ll need: Child-safe scissors Crayons or markers Glue or tape A cherished 4×6″ photo 1. Mother’s [...]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Kid Made Jewelry Dish for Mom

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Our blog ambassador Valerie from Inner Child Fun made these sweet jewelry dishes with her daughter recently. These jewelry dishes are a quick, easy, and useful gift the kids can make for Mom this Mother’s Day! To make your own, you will need oven bake clay, the Melissa & Doug alphabet stamp set, a rolling [...]

Donate Magazines for Earth Day

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This Earth Day post is provided by our guest blogger Roo of NEON FRESH Happy Earth Day!  Here’s a fun and easy project to do with your kids that teaches them about recycling AND donating. 1) Provide some background: First, I took a few moments to explain Earth Day to my 4.5 year old and 3 year [...]