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 [...]

4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Child

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This Earth Day post is provided by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat April 22nd is Earth Day! Here, you will find 4 activities that will not only help you celebrate Earth Day with your child, but also discover a few things about the planet and its inhabitants while you’re at it. Activity 1: Make Earth balloons [...]

Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid [...]

U.S. Geography for Kids: American Flag Easel Painting

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This “U.S. Geography for Kids” homeschool post is part of a series (An Introduction to U.S. Geography for Little Kids) from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) This month in our homeschool we are focusing on U.S. Geography. Though my children are young, I feel it’s never too early to [...]

Building Key Developmental Skills for Kids…with Easter Projects!

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Written by our guest writer, and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hippity Hop Hop… Easter’s almost here! And, believe it or not, there are endless ways to reinforce some important developmental skills for kids with special needs in preparation for the holiday. In fact, children of all ages and abilities can enjoy getting ready [...]