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

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

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

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 […]

FREE Mother’s Day Printables for Kids!

Are you getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day? Help your child create something memorable this Mother’s Day with these three free printables! Perfect for moms, grandmothers, aunts, or any special person in your child’s life, these simple crafts are sweet and sentimental (and quick to make!) To get started you’ll need: Child-safe scissors Crayons or […]

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

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

Donate Magazines for Earth Day

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

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

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

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 […]