Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings

These tips for family gathering fun are brought to us by our guest blogger, Dayna, of Lemon Lime Adventures. The holidays are an exciting time full of family, friends and gatherings. Almost every weekend can get filled with going here or going there. For most of us, there is this sense of hustle and bustle […]

Scratch Art Crafts: Cards, Envelopes, Gift Bags and More!

This holiday craft tutorial comes from special guest blogger Dena Ann Adams. We’re going to make some fun and casual holiday place setting decorations – whether you’re a crowd with complicated seating arrangements or just a few wanting color and creativity at your table, you’ll love these cards, treat bags, and name cards, color-coded for […]

Crafting in Clay: Handmade Christmas Ornaments

This handmade Christmas ornaments craft is shared by our guest blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome! My boys love the tactile experience of play dough, and since this was our get-the-tree weekend, I asked if they’d like to create some handmade Christmas ornaments out of clay to decorate our tree! My oldest son especially was enthused […]

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 EverythingMom.com 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 […]