Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

Tuck a Little Treat into Your Child’s Lunchbox

→ Welcome to part two of a special series from guest blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome. Let’s learn about sharing love with our little ones during school, with lunchbox notes and treats. As the school year progresses, I get daily requests for this or that “treat” to be included at lunchtime. I’m not above indulging […]

Kid Made Gifts for Grandparents

~ Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love. ~Author Unknown Grandparents fill a special role in a family. They help establish lifelong traditions, teach us important things about life, and demonstrate how to show love to others. In fact, it may be a grandparent’s loving hugs and laughter that […]

Map and Alphabet Printables for Kids!

Whether school has started for your family or it’s still a way off, these free school time printables are a great way to review the basics or learn something new – while keeping things entertaining! Animal Alphabet Printable The playful illustrations and vibrant colors of this alphabet printable will quickly catch the eye of young […]

Rekindling Back to School Friendships

Check out these cool friendship bracelet crafts and video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know […]

Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether […]

Lunchbox Note Ideas: Scratch Art Sayings

→ During the coming months, guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome will help us share love with our little ones throughout the school day, with her creative lunchbox note ideas! We hope you enjoy this special series from Julie. Last year was my first experience packing lunches for my little boys, as we did our first […]

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 […]