10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

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This stress-free family road trip post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Let me ask, how many of you will be traveling in the next few weeks over the holidays? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit during the holiday season, and this year at the [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

What is #GivingTuesday?

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You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So what is #GivingTuesday? It’s a day to remind you to GIVE a favor, a treat, a donation, or a special kindness to a charity, friend, neighbor, stranger — whoever you decide — to celebrate the spirit of GIVING. The idea is for everyone to share the [...]

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 [...]