Four Activities to Start the Summer Season – Indoors or Out!

The first day of summer is Friday, June 21. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these ideas are creative memory-makers for the whole family – or the whole neighborhood!    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are all you need to create a hopscotch court. […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The […]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying a […]

Teach Safety, Skills, & Games — All with Activity Cones

We continue our summer safety series with 3 ways to use Activity Cones to teach kids to STOP and be aware of their surroundings. Plus, get 4 tips for using Activity Cones to teach “Summer Fun” skills & games! Everybody loves CONES in the summer. But these cones aren’t the ones delivered BY your neighborhood ice-cream truck — They’re […]

Summer Fun Calendar Kickoff

Let the Summer Fun begin! Welcome to the Melissa & Doug “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday, right here on our blog, we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long.  We encourage you to print the calendar and keep it in a […]

How to Keep a Routine in Summer

Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for keeping kids structured during the summer. Although summer is usually thought of as a time to run barefoot and fancy free, a summer without structure for some children, especially the special needs child, may be very difficult for both […]

Creating a Summer Learning Station

This summer learning post is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Let’s create a Summer Learning Station for your kids this summer!  For many, our summers are filled with activities, camps, and vacations. Others may choose a more laid back approach to summer break, filled with playful days with family […]

The Melissa & Doug “Summer Fun” Calendar!

Wondering how you’re going to keep the kids occupied ALL summer long? Don’t fret: Our Summer Fun Calendar is coming!  Similar to last year’s Camp Sunny Patch celebration,  this year we gathered up your favorite bloggers again, and created a calendar full of educational activities, crafts, games, summer-sanity tips, and more! Here’s how the Summer […]

Colors of Nature Color Hunt

This “Colors of Nature” post is provided by Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Each season has unique attributes and opportunities. One of the ways we have studied different seasons is by going on a hunt to find colors in nature. This simple activity will have your children looking closely at the details, and they are sure to notice […]