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 [...]

Presidents’ Day Bingo (Activity & Printable!)

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Written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. In honor of Presidents’ Day, I put together this fun activity that can combine money math with a bit of  presidential trivia. My son had a great time with this and really benefited from the hands-on learning. To play this game, we used the coins from [...]

8 Creative Crafts for Valentine’s Day: A Melissa & Doug Blog Round-Up!

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During the past few weeks on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’ve been sharing some creative crafts your kids can make to celebrate Valentine’s Day! These DIY projects can be used as simple activities, or as precious homemade gifts from the heart.  In case you missed any of our posts, here’s a quick round-up: DIY [...]

It’s SNOW time! 5 Snow-Inspired Activities for Indoors & Out!

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Winter storms getting you down (and giving your kids the “crazies”?) Here are some great ways to stay entertained indoors – and outdoors – when the snow starts to fall: Embrace the Snow! When the snow starts to fall, you may not necessarily need to stay indoors! As long as it’s safe (and not TOO [...]

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, [...]

Therapy through Play: 5 Activity Tips Using Cardboard Blocks

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A wonderful way to encourage kids to build key developmental skills is with toys! Guest blogger and mom of quadruplets (yes, you read that right!) Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus recently shared some wonderful therapy activities using our Cardboard Building Blocks. Here’s an overview of the activity tips she shared. 1)      Exploring One secret to [...]