Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe

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This Alphabet Soup post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The cold weather has officially moved into the Midwest over the past couple weeks. The kids have been outside playing in the snow already and I’ve been dreaming of all of the wonderful [...]

Involving Children at the Family Table

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Our family has eaten dinner at the table as a daily tradition since the start of our marriage. With the arrival of babies, we brought their little carriers and seats right to the family table with us for mealtimes. There’s no [...]

23 STEM Based Play Ideas

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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. [...]

Explore the New Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop!

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. . . Ready. . . Set. . . Shop! Get ready to find the perfect holiday gift for all the kids on your list – because the Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is officially open! This online store is your go-to destination for everything you need this holiday season, from classic toys, to “wow-worthy” [...]

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 [...]

The 2014 Holiday Favorites Gift Guide Has Arrived!

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Crafts, puzzles and classic toys – oh my! Looking for inspiration for that “perfect” holiday gift? Check out our new Holiday Favorites Gift Guide, an interactive catalog that features the top holiday gifts for kids this holiday season! Our Holiday Favorites Gift Guide contains everything you need for those cherished kids on your list, and features our very [...]

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 [...]

Leaf Play

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are changing, the wind is picking up and the air is getting cooler. What could be a better fall activity than Leaf Play? We all know how fun a day in the [...]