Kid Made Gifts for Grandparents

~ Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love. ~Author Unknown Grandparents fill a special role in a family. They help establish lifelong traditions, teach us important things about life, and demonstrate how to show love to others. In fact, it may be a grandparent’s loving hugs and laughter that […]

Celebrate with Paper Patriotic Crafts

This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. With three patriotic holidays in a bit more than a month (Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July), the boys and I have been decorating the house with a few red, white, and blue crafts! Celebrating with paper patriotic […]

Play with a Purpose: Doctor Visits with Kids

This Play with a Purpose post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As parents, educators and caregivers we know the importance of pretend play. Children of all ages love to dress up and become one of their favorite characters, role model, or even an animal.  […]

Printable Origami Bunny Page

Spring is in the air – or at least we hope spring is in the air where you are! It’s that time of year when colorful flowers, leafy plants and furry little creatures start peeking out toward the sun. We’re joining in the excitement by sharing a new and very special printable with you: a printable origami  bunny. “Origami” means […]

10 Easter Egg Activities for the Family

This Easter egg activities post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. I’m so excited to be a part of the new Connecting With Your Kids series here on Melissa & Doug! As parents, I think we’re always looking for new activities to enjoy as a family, new ways to connect […]

DIY Meditation Chain

This DIY post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from You’ve probably heard that meditation offers many health benefits from improved concentration and reduced stress. It’s one reason I made trying meditation my challenge for January. The practice has also shown benefits for children too. As I’ve discovered, focus can be the hardest part of meditation […]

Kid-Made Heart Pendants

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Looking for a simple kid-made gift for Valentine’s Day? We have just the thing. These kid-made heart pendants are simple, fun, and wonderful for encouraging creativity in your kids. The added benefit is that these heart pendants are so beautiful, […]

Saving Memories

This creative memories post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from 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 […]

Making Handmade Instruments

This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. We have a piano in our home. And as noisy as it gets, nothing is more thrilling to my heart than to hear my toddler and preschooler banging (gently!) on the keys and singing at full volume. Watching my children […]