Capturing Childhood: How to Get AWESOME Water Photos of the Kids!

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new photography skills. Even novice photographers can learn how to capture awesome water action photography with a few simple tricks. This post as part of the Capturing Childhood photography initiative. Click here to see more posts from this series! . . . Join our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, over at […]

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

For Father’s Day this year, the boys and I mixed our craft time with a literacy activity. I just love when the two go hand in hand like that! My two boys love pirate anything these days, so of course, when asked, they wanted to make their dad something pirate-themed for Father’s Day. Since it […]

Patriotic Craft for Kids: Super-Simple American Flag Wind Spinners

These super-simple American flag wind spinners, made with a paper plate, are the perfect patriotic craft for kids of all ages. The holiday weekend is upon us! Have the kids celebrate and honor our country (and the people who’ve served it) with this American flag craft project. Get them involved by creating and decorating the yard with these easy patriotic wind spinners. […]

4 Activity Tips for Family Road Trips

When I was little, we took family road trips every summer across half the nation. My mom had the genius idea to pack a bag full of car activities which she would dole out every few hours. Once we crossed the state line, a pile of comic books, puzzle pads, or small games would magically […]

3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Social Skills Developed from Tea Drinking

When our kids are babies we willingly take on the role of care provider, doing everything for them. Sometimes this role is harder for us than our kids to shake. We need to provide our kids with opportunities to learn and accomplish life skills, like tying their shoes or telling time. Building confidence is another […]

15 Rainy Day Activities for Kids — Playful Ideas for Brightening Dreary Days!

This collection of rainy day activities for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. The sky is cloudy and gray, the rain is coming down and the kids are (as always!) bursting with spring energy. Take a moment to pause, look […]

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Our home is a revolving door of handmade decor – sometimes from my own crafty trials and sometimes from the kids. I love when the kids artwork adorns our walls and fridge. Sometimes I string smaller pieces (like traced and cut handprints or mittens) and swag them across a doorway. This week, the boys and I […]

Meet Our Two Newest Blog Ambassadors!

We are very excited to announce our two newest Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors! We want to congratulate these exceptional bloggers, and are delighted to introduce to you Carrie Anne Badov and Julie Kieras!   MEET CARRIE ANNE: Carrie Anne Badov is not unlike most parents, trying to wrap her head around how to raise […]