Vacation Photo Project for Kids

Did you take a family vacation this summer? How many photos do you have on your phone RIGHT NOW? If you’re like me, you have thousands from throughout the year. As part of the Capturing Childhood initiative, we’ve chatted about: 3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photography How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your […]

Art on a Cart: Encourage Creativity Every Day!

Creative Play, Every Day! Melissa & Doug believes that artistic play is a wonderful way to encourage creativity in children. Guest blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home has found a convenient and inviting way to encourage creativity at her home – indoors and out. See how things you already have in your home, and […]

Sweet Treats Printable Activity Pages

It seems like everyone loves something sweet to eat, whether it’s ice cream, cookies, chocolate milk or some other favorite treat. Whether summer, winter, spring or fall, it’s easy to find a reason to celebrate with delectable sweet treats. We’d like to share two sweet treats printable activity pages with you . . . Color […]

Handprint Painting Craft for Ice Cream Day!

This ice cream-inspired, handprint painting craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. I remember when letting my toddler use paints gave me the shivers! Now we happily embrace the mess of paints to create all sorts of pictures and crafts. I love to have my boys paint outside, because the mess […]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book […]

Mess-Free Glitter and a Weekend at the Lake

This post about Mess-Free Glitter fun with friends is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Is everyone enjoying their summer? Our family sure is! Over the 4th of July we invited some of our closest friends up to our lake cabin to spend the weekend. The truth is, we […]

Teddy Bear Picnic: A Soft & Cuddly Play Date!

It’s the perfect season for a special picnic . . . and today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack up what you’ll need for your teddy bear picnic: a yummy lunch (or colorful play food treats), picnic basket, comfy blanket, and your camera. (This will be a day for special memories!) Have each person in […]

Free 4th of July Printables!

Get the kids ready to celebrate Independence Day, with these free 4th of July printables: a word search and a coloring page! We’re sharing two 4th of July printables, to help kids be part of the excitement of Independence Day! Print out these pages, then let your little ones add their own creativity and favorite […]

Celebrate with Paper Patriotic Crafts

This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. With three patriotic holidays in a bit more than a month (Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July), the boys and I have been decorating the house with a few red, white, and blue crafts! Celebrating with paper patriotic […]