5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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This creative way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children. Having [...]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij This gardening post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as [...]

All Things Easter… A Roundup of Easter Crafts, Learning Activities & Wearables

Easter Roundup of crafts, learning activities, and wearables

Keep your kiddos busy this Easter season with print-and-use activity pages, crafts even for the “un-craftiest” of moms, Eastertime tips for parents with special needs children — and MORE! So, HOP TO IT and read on… Colorful “Butterfly Garden” Easter Centerpieces “So easy. Plop it in. Bam. Done.”  That’s the kind of ease that Blog [...]

Free Printable Checklist of Kid-Friendly SPRING CLEANING Tasks

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These spring cleaning tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina It’s time to dig into SPRING CLEANING. It is time to open the windows, shake up some dust, and freshen up the house. This year, try including the kids [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]