3 Back-to-School Tips Every Parent Should Know (+ FREE Morning Checklist Printable)

This free back-to-school printable and these parenting tips will help ensure your family enjoys smooth mornings. This article is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Getting into a smooth morning routine in the fall (or honestly–any time of year) can be challenging. Transitions throughout the […]

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

For Father’s Day this year, the boys and I mixed our craft time with a literacy activity. I just love when the two go hand in hand like that! My two boys love pirate anything these days, so of course, when asked, they wanted to make their dad something pirate-themed for Father’s Day. Since it […]

Beautiful Crafts Using Heart Shapes

These amazing heart shape keepsakes were crafted and shared with us by special guest blogger Dena Ann Adams. This pretty heart shape trinket box was so fun to make it felt like a present to myself. I love this kit as-is, and I think it’s great – but did you know you can also go […]

Valentine mail bags: super-cute, sweet and simple

This creative way of bringing some personalized fun and creativity to Valentine’s Day is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   I have been a Classroom Parent now for almost five years, and each year, I am not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day Mail Bags. Some years, […]

Saving Memories

This creative memories post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. When something nice happens to us, like finding money you thought you had lost or receiving a compliment, we can’t help but smile, a feeling of happiness washing over us. These moments happen to our kids too so why not encourage them to save […]

4 Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Every child wants something special to give as a Mother’s Day gift. These four kid-made gifts are a perfect way for boys and girls to say “I love you,” with a beautiful and one-of-a-kind keepsake. Hey, Dads (and Moms who need a gift idea for Grandma) . . . Think about a handmade card, jewelry, […]

New Craft: Bead Buddies!

Guest Blogger Michelle McInerney shares DIY Toys made from Melissa & Doug’s Bead Bouquet Deluxe Wooden Bead Set! See the spots and stripes and wonderfully varied wooden bead shapes come to life as fun and colorful characters: Bead Buddies! Imagine all the different characters you could create… The simple steps – Use matchboxes or any […]

How to Host a “Sweet & Easy Valentine Party”

We love when our guest blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) shares her fantastic recipes, creative play ideas, and more on the Melissa & Doug blog. This week, she posted some wonderful tips for hosting a Valentine’s Day party for kids that we know you, our readers, will love. In her posts, Tiffany often shares some of […]

How to make teach mama’s “Homemade Scratch Art Valentines”

Are your kids giving Valentine’s Day cards to their classmates? Try something “from the heart” this year with these adorable homemade Scratch Art Bookmark Valentines from our Blog Ambassador Amy (of teach mama). We love the idea of having your kids get involved in making special treats for their friends and peers (plus it makes […]