4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Map and Alphabet Printables for Kids!

Whether school has started for your family or it’s still a way off, these free school time printables are a great way to review the basics or learn something new – while keeping things entertaining! Animal Alphabet Printable The playful illustrations and vibrant colors of this alphabet printable will quickly catch the eye of young […]

Rekindling Back to School Friendships

Check out these cool friendship bracelet crafts and video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know […]

Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether […]

Back to School Giveaway! Week 3

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first two weeks of flash giveaways in our Back to School Giveaway, but there’s much more excitement to come! That’s right . . . and if you’re ready to check out the awesome prizes we’ll be awarding for the next 7 days of this back to school giveaway, the list […]

Back to School Giveaway! Week 2

Seven days of flash giveaways have flown by, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the first full week of our Back to School Giveaway. → What was your favorite prize from Week 1? The fun has just begun . . . we still have 19 days left, and 19 more fantastic prizes to give away! To be […]

Back to School Giveaway! Week 1

We want the words “Back to School” to give people a reason to smile. So, we’re offering 26 days of Back to School Giveaways! That’s right. Starting today, and through August 28th, we will offer a new prize every day, during our Back to School Flash Giveaway! 26 giveaway days . . . 26 giveaway […]

Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

This post about transitioning into the school year is contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time […]

Encouraging Little Authors with Book-Making Activities

This bookmaking post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Before a child learns to write or read, they are read to. Children with favorite books likely recognize favorite characters and series at a glance. This recognition, or “reading,” of text characteristics is the very seed of literacy! What better way […]