Spin-Art Ornaments

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(This is a guest blog post from Adrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer’s Wife) With the holiday season upon us, I decided it was time for us to make some homemade ornaments. This is the first year my daughter has been old enough to really get into holiday craft making and thanks to our Melissa & Doug Swirl [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Watercolor-Resist Paintings

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This idea for creative fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some painting fun with your kids! -Valerie Does your child love to paint? Have you tried watercolor-resist paintings before? Are you ready to combine beautiful Autumn leaves with colorful works of art?? Then this [...]

Stacy Shares: On Thanks and Giving

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How does your family practice Thanks and Giving?”   –Stacy As much as I would like to ignore it, my kids are getting bigger. I have noticed a direct correlation between how much bigger they are becoming and how much [...]

Thanksgiving Thank You Cards: A Simple Lesson in Gratitude

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Teaching your children about gratitude is not easy, but Thanksgiving is a great time to try. We made these simple thank you cards to thank others for things that [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Wooden Thank You Trays

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Wooden Thank You Trays are a crafty and smart way to officially extend our thanks to loved ones.”   -Amy Being the huge Melissa & Doug fans that we are, over the last eight years we [...]

Happy Thanksgiving Week! (The View from the Kids’ Table)

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We love Thanksgiving! What a special time to come together, reflect on the happiness in our lives, make handprint turkeys…. Most of all, it’s so much fun to focus on the best things in life: our family and friends! In that spirit, this week we’re shining a spotlight on our friends across the country with [...]

5 Travel Strategies for Families

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re sharing all the ways your family can stay entertained (and sane) while traveling during the holidays. Today, we have 5 easy activities for your kids to enjoy while on-the-go! What would you add to this list? E-mail your suggestions or family travel photos to socialmedia@MelissaAndDoug.com for a [...]

Three Letter-Writing Activities for Little Travelers

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Some say the art of writing letters is lost, but not us! We love the skills letter-writing can build in children, including spelling practice, storytelling, imaginative play, and more. The holidays are a perfect time to build this skill as many families hit the road! While traveling, children can write letters to friends and relatives [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: “Junior Foodie Week”

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This week was “Junior Foodie Week” on the Melissa & Doug blog, and we hope you had as much fun playing with your food as we did! In case you missed any posts or activities, here’s a quick overview of what we shared this week. (To add to these ideas, or share your food play [...]