Lively LEAF Activities

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We’ve “raked up” a PILE of leaf-themed crafts and activities for you to try during these final, fleeting days of fall. Make those autumn chores less of a bore by involving your kids in some clever ways. While you (or, ahem,  DAD!) are cleaning out the gutters or raking the yard, have the kiddos sort [...]

The Grateful Turkey Thanksgiving Day Craft for Kids

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In our family, we’ve done activities on Thanksgiving Days past involving turkey feathers and writing down the things we were grateful for. But this year, we thought it would be fun to turn the plates on the kid’s table into works of art AND expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving. All your child will need to [...]

DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

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This creative craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo.  Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint. Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint -       First download the free [...]

Fall Leaf Bingo (with Printable!)

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This Fall fun activity is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.   Fall is my family’s favorite season. The weather is lovely and the scenery is beautiful. It’s an absolutely fantastic time to be outside playing, learning, and exploring. Today’s activity is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside and take in [...]

2 Printable Halloween Activity Pages

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Need a super-quick activity for some Halloween “fun on the run”? Try these Print-n-Go activities to practice some SPOOKY spelling skills or have some FUN in the pumpkin patch. 1. Halloween Word Search It’ll be “a scream” for kids to find all the Halloween words hidden in this steaming pot of witch’s brew. Click here [...]

So Easy It’s Spooky! Halloween Snacks For Kids.

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     As a blogger people usually expect me to make over the top holiday treats, birthday parties , and other celebrations. Nope. I am pretty chill [...]

Trick or Treat – Alternatives for Kids

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Halloween is traditionally a time for sweets, sweets, and more sweets, but who says kids must eat candy from dawn till dusk just because that’s how it’s always been done? This year, though my kids will certainly have their fair share of sweets (we are a sweet-tooth family after all), I’m really trying hard to [...]

Storytelling with Stamp-A-Scene

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Here’s a simple storytelling activity you can try with even very young children who may be too young to write on their own. Melissa & Doug’s Stamp-A-Scene sets can [...]

5 (Actually 10) Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall

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Whether it’s ol’ fashioned leaf rubbings you’re looking for, or you want a “smelly” project that captures the spicy scents of fall, it’s all here in our fall round-up. “Something old. Something new. Something egg-washed. Something glued.” OK, so that’s probably not much help to a bride, but if you’re a parent or teacher wanting [...]