Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

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This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks [...]

Turn Lunch Time Into Learning Time

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This lunch time learning play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Now that it’s summer one of my favorite parts of the day is lunch when my kids and I can (usually) all come [...]

10 Tips for Your Water Park Trip

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These water park tips are provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family gets season passes to a local water park each summer, and it’s often our go-to summertime activity. Over the years, we’ve learned a few things, and often we’ve learned them the hard way. Is visiting a water park on your family’s summer [...]

Traveling with Kids: 5 ON the GO Tips & Tricks

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Enjoy these helpful ideas for traveling with kids from our summer series we’re calling On the Go with Melissa & Doug. You followed our Pre-trip Planning Tips and the car is all packed. You’re ready to leave the driveway to set off on your family vacation. All that’s left to do is to GO! To help [...]

30 “Summer Fun” Activities, Games & Printables for Kids: June Round-Up

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It’s hard to believe that there’s just one week left until the end of June! With school winding down, and summer fun ramping-up, we know that having your full brood at home can sometimes be a handful. That’s why we created our “My Summer Calendar” blog series: Every week in June and July, we’re unveiling [...]

Build & Play Obstacle Course

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Getting outside and having fun with your kids is not always as easy as it sounds. We aren’t quite done the school year and my son is starting to burn out. When he gets home from school he usually needs some downtime to recharge but sometimes that downtime turns into a whole bunch of screen [...]

Spending 1:1 Time with Dad for Father’s Day

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In June, we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other male role models who have shaped our lives for the better. Strengthen these lifelong connections with your own children by sharing the best of yourself – and your time. Here are some tips for Father’s Day to help your family stay connected.  For dads [...]

Summertime Kick-Off: 6 Outdoor Games & Activities

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Summer’s almost here. Finally! And while long summer days are welcome sight, with the kids off school, that means more planning on your part to keep them entertained and enthralled for the next several months. “Summer Fun” calendar to the rescue! Every Monday (starting June 3) we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, [...]

The Melissa & Doug “Summer Fun” Calendar!

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Wondering how you’re going to keep the kids occupied ALL summer long? Don’t fret: Our Summer Fun Calendar is coming!  Similar to last year’s Camp Sunny Patch celebration,  this year we gathered up your favorite bloggers again, and created a calendar full of educational activities, crafts, games, summer-sanity tips, and more! Here’s how the Summer [...]