Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers to Welcome the New Year

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas! January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount [...]

New Craft: Bead Buddies!

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Guest Blogger Michelle McInerney shares DIY Toys made from Melissa & Doug’s Bead Bouquet Deluxe Wooden Bead Set! See the spots and stripes and wonderfully varied wooden bead shapes come to life as fun and colorful characters! Imagine all the different characters you could create… The simple steps – Use matchboxes or any small cardboard [...]

Celebrate the New Year with a New Printable!

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Whether it is an art project, puppet show, or this new Winter Sleigh Ride printable, we thank you for making Melissa & Doug a part of your New Year! New Year’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy creative family activities and kick the New Year off right. Click here to download our new Winter Sleigh Ride [...]

3, 2, 1: Happy New Year!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

I remember the first New Year’s Eve we spent with our firstborn daughter. She was 9 months old at the time and my husband and I looked at each other around 10 p.m. and agreed to just submit to the exhaustion. There was no midnight champagne, no ball dropping, no squeals of glee as poppers [...]

Making Greeting Cards for Older Members in Your Community

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Guest post provided by Roo Ciambriello. The holidays are generally a time of family togetherness, special traditions, and giving. For many senior adults in nursing homes, however, the holidays can be kind of cold and lonely. My husband sings at over a dozen nursing homes and hospice centers in our state each month, and had the [...]

5 Oh-So-Cute Ornament Projects for Kids

5 "Oh-so-cute" Ornament Projects for KIDS!

Child-made ornaments make great holiday gifts for loved ones to ooh and aah over. Consider making a second one to save for yourself to start a family tradition of having your child make one hand-made ornament each year. Hang the ornaments on your family tree while your son or daughter is little, and when they [...]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

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Our family looks forward to Christmas all year long. It’s our favorite holiday. In fact, my kids have been writing letters to Santa since December 26th of last year. While their writing and picture-drawing skills have improved immensely over the past 11 months, I’ve realized that I’ve neglected to show them the correct way to [...]

Snowflake Scissor Skills: Printable!

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Print out this winter-themed scissors skills printable and grab some child-safe scissors! Scissor crafts are a great pre-writing skill builder as they lay the groundwork for proper pencil grip. After cutting out the snowflakes, the kids can decorate them or create a snowy scene indoors! Click the image below to download the PDF printable!  

Hot Chocolate Counting Activity & Printable!

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What’s better than a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? And, did you know? There are so many great (and secretly educational) activities you can do with marshmallows! Here are some ideas: *   If you have 3 marshmallows and someone gives you 3 more, how many do you have? *   [...]