Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

You’re Invited to the Melissa & Doug Holiday Twitter Party!

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  Join us for a very special “Terrific 25” Holiday Twitter party hosted by Melissa & Doug!   Who:  You and all your friends – the more the merrier! When:  Monday November 10, 8pm ET. Where:  Follow along using the #MDHoliday hashtag on Twitter How Long:  1 hour (but join whenever you can!) Why?  Get [...]

Winter Scavenger Hunt

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated.  The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor [...]

Celebrate the New Year with a New Printable!

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Whether it is an art project, puppet show, or this new Winter Sleigh Ride printable, we thank you for making Melissa & Doug a part of your New Year! New Year’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy creative family activities and kick the New Year off right. Click here to download our new Winter Sleigh Ride [...]

Snowflake Scissor Skills: Printable!

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Print out this winter-themed scissors skills printable and grab some child-safe scissors! Scissor crafts are a great pre-writing skill builder as they lay the groundwork for proper pencil grip. After cutting out the snowflakes, the kids can decorate them or create a snowy scene indoors with this fun and festive snowflake craft! Click the image [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

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June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The [...]

It’s SNOW time! 5 Snow-Inspired Activities for Indoors & Out!

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Winter storms getting you down (and giving your kids the “crazies”?) Here are some great ways to stay entertained indoors – and outdoors – when the snow starts to fall: Embrace the Snow! When the snow starts to fall, you may not necessarily need to stay indoors! As long as it’s safe (and not TOO [...]

Hot Chocolate Sensory Craft for Kids (and Printable!)

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Here’s a quick and easy sensory craft that kids can complete while Mom or Dad makes some real hot chocolate to warm up the family! You’ll need: Hot Chocolate Mix or Powdered Chocolate Milk Mix Hot Chocolate Printable Sugar Glue Child-Safe Scissors Cotton Balls Instructions: Download and print out our Hot [...]