Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

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These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three [...]

How to Make an Indoor Obstacle Course

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This Indoor Obstacle Course activity is provided by special guest blogger Roo Ciambriello. Spring is here, but the weather seems to have missed the memo.  While my local stores are displaying racks of swimsuits and sandals, I’m still wearing my winter coat. BRRRRRRRRR. And more than my shivering, I have to come up with things for [...]

Encourage Healthy Eating with a “Kid’s Restaurant”!

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This “Healthy Eating for Kids” article is written by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat What better way for your child to learn about healthy eating than to play with it! By creating your very own Kid’s Restaurant, your child will learn to not only identify several different food items, but will learn that making good [...]

Download Our Free Springtime Fun Mini Mag!

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Ready for spring to arrive? So are we! So, we gathered some great springtime fun activities with our friends from Highlights to help you–and your child—start to enjoy this “sometimes-rainy, sometimes-sunny” season! This free Mini Mag printable is available here. By downloading the free Mini Mag, you’ll get: Six original puzzles, crafts, and activities to celebrate spring [...]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

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This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help [...]

4 Early Literacy Activities

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Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games [...]

5 Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside

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Our blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) is not afraid to admit that she doesn’t LOVE spending time outdoors. So this year, she resolved to spend 15 minutes outside with her kids every day.  And we have been excited to follow along as she shares this journey on her blog (and provide outdoor entertainment along the way). [...]

Silly Activities and Treats to Help Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! Share special time with your child and celebrate the most famous scientist of all time with some easy treats and silly activities for kids that won’t wear out your brain. Begin your Albert Einstein-themed day with an age-appropriate book about familiar inventions and the original “nutty professor.” A few to try: Brown, [...]

From Melissa: My Favorite Springtime Activities

Spring Activity for Kids

As I watch the snow drift once again lazily to the ground, stir crazy only BEGINS to describe what is going on inside my home.  Sledding has lost much of its allure, putting on all the multiple layers ALL of its allure, and the only thought that keeps us sane is the vision of running [...]