9 Ideas for Quality Time With Mom

This Mother’s Day, after some well-deserved time doing something special for yourself, pull out your calendar and schedule some quality time with your child. Whether it’s a special meal, a surprise outing, or an after-dinner stroll, taking time at least once a month with your kids – individually – builds strong bonds, create memories, and lets […]

5 Tips for Gardening with Kids

Time for some gardening! This weekend, many families will likely begin (or continue) their annual gardening expeditions; cleaning up sticks, planting seeds, and more! Rather than having your kids feel like gardening is a “chore”, here are a few tips for gardening with kids from our guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). One of our family’s favorite […]

3 April Fools’ Day Tricks for Kids

Whether it’s April Fools’ Day or any day, it’s important to get kids–and parents–laughing a little each day.  Smiles are good for the spirit, and laughter IS the best medicine. In the spirit of of a little good-natured joking, check out what snacks and sweets got our Blog Ambassador Amy (of teachmama.com) and her family […]

Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

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 weekday morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The […]

How to Make Watercolor Chinese Lanterns

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 Gifts Kids Can Make

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. 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 off to a friend or […]

Val’s Quick Craft: Scratch Art Valentines

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!)

Earlier 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)      Divide […]

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

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, […]