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

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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 [...]

Spending 1:1 Time with Dad for Father’s Day

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In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected. For dads [...]

Summer Fun Calendar Kickoff

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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

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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 [...]

Summertime Kick-Off: 6 Outdoor Games & Activities

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Summer’s almost here. Finally! And while long summer days are welcome sight, with the kids off school, that means more planning on your part to keep them entertained and enthralled for the next several months. “Summer Fun” calendar to the rescue! Every Monday (starting June 3) we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, [...]

Creating a Summer Learning Station

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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!

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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 [...]

Talking to Kids about Occupations

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Have you ever asked your child: “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”  If you haven’t, don’t worry: This doesn’t have to be a stressful conversation for your child (in fact, it can be quite fun!) While your kids may be too young for “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” or “Career Day” at school, you [...]

Colors of Nature Color Hunt

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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 [...]