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 [...]

Winter Scavenger Hunt

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated.  The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

12 Things to Do with a Calendar at Home with Kids

Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars! Using her Print Your Own [...]

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 [...]