Saving Memories

Melissa Doug Saving Memories DYO Bank Project

This creative memories post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. When something nice happens to us, like finding money you thought you had lost or receiving a compliment, we can’t help but smile, a feeling of happiness washing over us. These moments happen to our kids too so why not encourage them to save [...]

Making Handmade Instruments

handmade musical instruments craft

This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. We have a piano in our home. And as noisy as it gets, nothing is more thrilling to my heart than to hear my toddler and preschooler banging (gently!) on the keys and singing at full volume. Watching my children [...]

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies Recipe

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to serve a full array of family-friendly appetizers in place of dinner on New Year’s Eve. My kids [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

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This New Year’s Resolutions post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. It is that time of year again, time to make changes and decide on a New Year’s Resolution! Children will be excited about this idea as well. Include them in on the fun, [...]

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 [...]

5 Crafty Gift Tags Kids Can Make!

Melissa Doug Handmade Gift Tag Ideas

This crafty gift tags post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. 5 Gift Tags as Gifts Wrapping gifts can certainly put you in a festive mood. You found just the right gift for those on your list or maybe you took some extra time and made something with the recipient in mind. Wrapping these special treasures [...]

Home for the Holidays

Kids Playing Calendar on Floor

This holidays post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children love being a part of the hustle and bustle of holiday season. Often the adults get wrapped up in gift buying, menu planning and preparing for family to visit. Many children can often feel [...]

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 [...]

Gift Idea: Art Kit for Kids

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This DIY Art Kit post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. The holidays are approaching and you might be looking for a unique and creative gift for kids. This DIY art kit for kids is the perfect present for encouraging creativity and fostering a love for art throughout [...]