61 “Summer Fun” Activities, Crafts, and Games for Kids!

61 Summer Fun Activities

To help your family end the summer with a BANG, we’ve rounded up 61 activities from our Summer Fun Calendar full of ideas for Creative Play — Every Day. Why 61? We’re sharing 30 game, craft, and activity ideas from our June Calendar and 31 ideas from our July Calendar to give you 61 “Summer [...]

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Let’s step into the kitchen for hands-on fun & learning with your child. Cooking with your child can be a memorable experience but you can also be encouraging your child to read at the same time! Here are a few [...]

4 Activities to Help Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

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From guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. Summertime is coming to a close and that means only one thing – Back to School! For your child entering kindergarten this can be both an exciting experience and one that can make him feel a little hesitant. It is, after all, his first opportunity to put his budding [...]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle fingers [...]

Quick Tips: Making Friends With Food

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Remind kids (and yourself) why good food is good. Here are some tips for helping kids know…that Food is Good! Tie food to things your child cares about. Explain that protein in lean meats builds muscle and strength for sports. Whole grains and the vitamins in fruits and vegetables help our brains focus in school. [...]

Nutritious choices for the lunch line

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At the beginning of last year’s school year I was the Queen of Packed Lunches. My kindergardener would skip off to school each day with nutritious and varied treats in her bag each day. And then winter came. Cold and flu season rocked our world. I was exhausted, we were stressed, and lunches became a [...]

Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

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To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out [...]

Work Through Worries with Play School

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come [...]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

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This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks [...]