Stacy Shares: Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

This family activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Explore your backyard in a new way with this sensory adventure. Gardening with my kids is a big deal to me. It is one of the most rewarding ways we spend time together. There are so many […]

Gardening Playdate with Melissa & Doug

This playdate idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” “Can we have a playdate?”  How often do you hear that? For us it’s about every day at 1pm as I pick my son up from school. I […]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

These simple outdoor activities are great for keeping kids of different ages active and entertained, while spending time together! When the warm weather starts and school breaks begin, kids of different ages can suddenly find themselves spending time together . . . and thinking, “What now?” Whether you’re having a multi-family playdate or your kids aren’t […]

Let’s Go Indoor Spring Camping!

This indoor spring camping actvitiy is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Ready to go camping . . . inside the house? Set up camp in the living room and get ready for a family adventure! Follow these 5 tips to make the […]

What Lessons Will Bloom in Your Child’s Garden?

Memory & Sequencing: The process of planting requires gardeners to follow set steps. Your child will use memory and narrative thinking to master the process: Prepare the soil, dig the hole, plant the seed. . . . Biology: Through direct experience your child will see a basic life cycle unfold: infancy, growth, and full bloom. […]

Skill Building Through Sand Play

Large Motor Skills Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play! Hand-eye Coordination Children develop better control over their small muscles as they practice manipulating sand play toys like funnels, mills, shovels, scoops, and sifters. Social & Emotional Playing together in […]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Sand Play Bakery!

This springtime recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and is written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy taking your kids’ creativity outdoors! One of the activities my kids look forward to the most every spring is playing outdoors in the sandbox! They can spend hours happily playing together, engaged in […]