3 Back-to-School Tips Every Parent Should Know (+ FREE Morning Checklist Printable)

This free back-to-school printable and these parenting tips will help ensure your family enjoys smooth mornings. This article is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Getting into a smooth morning routine in the fall (or honestly–any time of year) can be challenging. Transitions throughout the […]

How to host a bike rodeo

May was National Bike Month, an opportunity to celebrate all the reasons we ride. And bike rodeos aren’t just a fun way to celebrate bike month, they are also a great way to help kids practice simple techniques and safety habits that will help them each time they ride!

 A bike rodeo is simple to […]

Learn How to Count with Animals

Looking for a simple and fun math activity for toddlers and preschoolers? Learn how to count with animals! Young children learn best with hands-on activities. This is why we love to use toys as learning tools in our classroom, such as when we sorted shapes. We search for high quality toys with removable pieces that fit nicely in […]

Bright and Cheerful Springtime Garden Crafts For Kids

There’s just something magical about gardening with your kids. Planting seeds, nurturing new life, digging your fingers in the soil and creating food you can feed your family. The cherry tomatoes we grow hardly ever make it in the house! To keep the magic alive in our small backyard garden, we try to interject as […]

Try the Family Game Suspend & You’ll Be Hooked

If you take the game Suspend to a local coffee shop you’ll inevitably have people stop and ask you, “What are you playing?” The family game comes with twenty-four notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sounds easy, right? Try adding another piece and then another. Each time a bar is added, the balance […]

A Birthday Quest: A Tale of Knightly Deeds

Make a lasting impression on children with this creative way to teach kindness, from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! When my toddler son requested a Knight in Shining Armor birthday party for this third birthday, I wanted to make it special for him, of course, … but more than that, I wanted to make the memory […]

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 […]

A “Ringer” Round Up of Birthday Party Ideas and Play Date Activities

Looking for creative yet simple birthday party ideas and play date activities? We’ve rounded up a bundle of festive options that everyone is sure to love. You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of […]

FREE PRINTABLE: Healthy-Eating Shopping List for Kids

This shopping list for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Has your little one been living on a diet of 95% Goldfish crackers? Getting kids, especially toddlers, to eat healthy can be challenging. One of the best ways to get kids to try new things […]