Shut the Box!

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This math-themed play post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Shut the box!! I’m not sure why, but I just love saying that. What’s more important, though, is that my 6 and 8-year-old LOVE playing it!!! In case you aren’t familiar with this game, let me tell you a little [...]

Family Traditions

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This family traditions post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Believe it or not, it is that time of year again! Holidays, family, friends and traditions are just around the corner. Children of all ages love to hear about and participate in meaningful family [...]

23 STEM Based Play Ideas

Melissa and Doug STEM Based Play Ideas

This STEM Play post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Encouraging the kids to get creative and delve into the world of imaginary play is an important part of childhood but the science and technology side of things is also key. I think that’s why I love the growth of the whole STEM Play movement. [...]

The Family Kitchen: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

The Family Dinner: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

These playful dinner table activities that focus on teaching children gratitude are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and are written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When I think of Thanksgiving the first word that comes to mind is TURKEY. I admit, I love [...]

Encouraging Early Reading Skills with Toddlers

This early reading skills post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Many people know how important reading skills are for preschoolers and school age children. There have been many studies that point to the fact that children who are read to more frequently at home are more likely [...]

4 Fun Halloween Games for Kids

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This guest post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Since becoming a parent, Halloween has gone from my least favorite holiday to the one I look forward to most. I even make DIY costumes each year, which I NEVER thought I’d do. And our nanny has hosted a [...]

5 recipes for little hands

5 recipes for little hands

My four year old loves to be my baking buddy. She comes to me with those big blue eyes and asks, “Mommy, when can we ‘make’ together?” How could I possibly turn down that request? When it comes to baking with preschoolers, not all recipes are created equal! So many of my personal favorites are [...]

Family Candlelight Dinner

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Every Monday evening, our family plans an Italian-themed candlelight dinner. It has quickly become one of our most favorite family traditions, and a wonderful way to begin each week. The best part is that the kids can actively participate in the process of preparing the meal, and we keep things very simple! Here are a few [...]

Spooktacular Kitchen Science: 4 Fun Experiments for Halloween

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This Spooktacular Kitchen Science post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The first day of fall has already come and gone. You’re thinking about dusting off your slow cooker, managing your children’s new schedules (as well as your own), switching out your summer wardrobe with sweaters, jeans and boots, and preparing for [...]