Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

Preparing for school routines

Prepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The essence [...]

How to Make Watercolor Chinese Lanterns

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This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). Chinese New Year is right around the corner (officially begins on Sunday, February 10th) and what better way to celebrate than by making some beautiful homemade Chinese Lanterns?  Lanterns are a popular symbol throughout the Chinese New Year celebration; the end of which is marked by [...]

4 Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. It’s Happy Heart Day again (aka Valentine’s), and more than letting this day be simply a greeting card holiday, it can also be a time to teach children about showing love and kindness to others. Creating a treat or gift to drop [...]

Val’s Quick Craft: Scratch Art Valentines

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This week, our Blog Ambassador Val (Inner Child Fun) shared an adorable craft to help celebrate Valentine’s Day! We love it because, of all the arts and crafts available for Valentine’s Day, this one truly is quick and easy! Here’s a quick overview of her Scratch Art Valentines: 1)      Gather up the materials you need. [...]

Puzzle Play Activity: A “Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt” (& Printable!)

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Last week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared a few ways to enjoy our puzzle-themed printable. One idea was to have a puzzle treasure hunt! Our guest blogger Joyce (Childhood Beckons) expanded on this concept in her recent blog post: Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt! Here’s how the educational scavenger hunt works: 1)      [...]

How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

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Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids! Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, [...]

Create-Your-Own Puzzle Printable (Plus 3 Activity Tips!)

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It’s National Puzzle Day! In addition to playing with the puzzles you already own, download and print this puzzle-themed activity sheet! Here are some ways to enjoy this free printable: 1) Create a one-of-a-kind puzzle: Ask your child to color the sheet using crayons or markers. Then, using child-safe scissors, have the child cut (or, depending [...]

5 Methods for Memorizing the United States

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Does your child have difficulty memorizing all 50 of the United States? Earlier today, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shared a few resources designed to help  kids not only learn the 50 states, but enjoy doing so, as well! She suggests: Educational Puzzles Using a U.S. Map puzzle, you can engage [...]

Hot Chocolate Sensory Craft for Kids (and Printable!)

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Here’s a quick and easy sensory craft that kids can complete while Mom or Dad makes some real hot chocolate to warm up the family! You’ll need: Hot Chocolate Mix or Powdered Chocolate Milk Mix Hot Chocolate Printable Sugar Glue Child-Safe Scissors Cotton Balls Instructions Download and print out our Hot [...]