Spring Obstacle Course!

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This Spring Obstacle Course post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hurray! It looks like Spring has finally sprung! The kids have been cooped up all winter long and now is a great time to get them outside for some exercise. In nice weather, playgrounds, parks, [...]

April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

Capturing Spring Puddle Jumping *great tips

April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Two

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This spring printable is perfect for your little birdy! Have your child count the birds in the scene, then write their answer in the box below. Click here or on the picture below to print this free Counting Fun! Spring Printable. Use your favorite colors to bring life to this lovely springtime scene! Extend the [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

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This free printable fun page is from you friends at Melissa & Doug. Melissa & Doug’s Spring Printable FUN continues with this Hidden Picture page. We’ve even mixed a bit of letter recognition play to the “mystery” of our hidden picture activity – for a little “hidden” learning! Color the spaces according to our directions to reveal a surprise picture! Add some [...]

Easter Bunny Maze Printable!

Easter Maze - FREE PRINTABLE from Melissa & Doug

This Easter Bunny Maze printable is a great Spring activity! Simply click here to print the maze for your child. What a terrific chance for some colorful creativity! Allow children to use a variety of crayons so they can alternate the colors and textures in their line through this maze printable. There are so many a-maze-ing possibilities for fun . [...]

Crafty Instruments

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Music provides many benefits for children. Not only does it increase academic achievement by stimulating the same parts of the brain responsible for language, math, and social-emotional development, but it can improve memory and confidence. Giving children a musical edge doesn’t have to become a financial burden. To accompany a collection of high quality wooden [...]

4 Ways Kids Can Show Love

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Saying the words “I love you” is important and something our kids learn early in life. Yet love can be expressed in our actions too.  Here are four ways kids can show love toward others: Saying Thank You After holidays and birthdays thank [...]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you - with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear so many parents and [...]

Foolproof Chocolate Puffs

Fool proof chocolate puffs: Great for baking with kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Baking with kids is such a special experience. I love to work with my girls in the kitchen but outside of the bigger holidays, it can be a little harder to squeeze in the time to do it. Especially when it means an extended period of measuring, mixing, and rolling or cutting. Sometimes you just [...]