Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 4!

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Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! We’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource will be neatly organized into a calendar you can print. To make this calendar even more helpful to you, each [...]

Splashy fitness fun for mom!

Tips for staying fit while swimming with your kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

My girls have reached that somewhat tricky age of swimming where they are capable enough in the pool that I don’t need to have my hands on them at every moment but are still little enough that they want me in the water playing with them rather than reading a book on the lounge chairs. If I’m going [...]

Simple herb garden recipes for kids

Simple recipes for a child's herb garden | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Do you garden with your kids? If not, which particular obstacle is in your way? For me, getting started was a challenge because I didn’t know what we would do with the things we grew! For years I enjoyed a little herb garden on my patio but they rarely made their way into the kitchen. [...]

Week 2 of Summer Fun is Here!

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Here it is ~ Week 2 of your fun Summer Calendar! Each Monday we’ll bring you another exciting week of our Summer Calendar! You’ll find June packed with game ideas, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, family-friendly tips for traveling with the kids, and special features dedicated to “Taking Care of You”! You can download and print this week’s interactive [...]

Your 2014 Summer Fun Calendar!

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Summer vacation is finally upon us! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! Much like our 2013 Summer Calendar, we’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips – plus a special “Taking Care of You” feature each Thursday - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week [...]

Painted rainbow lunches

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Getting kids to try new foods and have a well balanced diet is one of the biggest struggles for moms of picky eaters. I’ve had my own trials with this recently and have discovered that the rainbow is definitely an amazing tool for teaching well balanced eating. Today I’m sharing an awesome salad recipe for [...]

Potty training a strong willed child

Potty training a strong-willed child

We never potty trained our first child. When the time came, she managed it all herself. She went cold turkey on diapers one day and never looked back. I assumed with our second child that if we were patient enough, the same would happen. I should have known better. My second daughter loves to prove [...]

What is your child’s favorite toy?

How to capture portraits of children at play and their beloved favorites

Throughout our Capturing Childhood series we’ve focused on documenting priceless family moments but most of our tips have been about the people. Today I want to stop and consider the details. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I encourage you to stop and consider the objects that you will want to remember from your childrens’ playtime. Someday [...]

One of a Kind Party: Fort Building Birthday!

One of a Kind Party: Fort Building Birthday! *love this collection of ideas.

These unique birthday party ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.   Not all girls love princesses, fairies, and tutus. This year my daughter hosted a small birthday sleepover with two of her closest friends. The theme? FORT BUILDING. Whether your hosting a party or looking [...]