An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, […]

How to Host a “Let’s Have a Ball” Playdate!

This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from Happy Strong Home. Playdates can be sanity-savers when your kids are on summer break, but not when the kids are saying “I’m bored!” To help keep kids entertained, try picking a theme for their playdate. Recently, we gathered a few friends on a […]

Week 3 of Your Summer Calendar is Here!

Every Monday as part of our “My Summer Calendar” blog series, we’re unveiling a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. You can download and print this week’s interactive calendar here, or by clicking the image below. To learn more about our Summer Calendar series, and […]

4 Summer Memory-Making Activities for Kids… Indoors or Out!

You can feel it everywhere… summer is in the air. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these creative summer memory-making activities are great for the whole family – or for the whole neighborhood!   4 Summer Memory-Making Activities:    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The […]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying a […]

Teach Safety, Skills, & Games — All with Activity Cones

When kids go outdoors, there are important things for them to know about staying safe. We’re sharing 3 ways Activity Cones can help teach safety skills to kids, so children understand how to STOP and be aware of their surroundings.  These cones aren’t the ones delivered BY your neighborhood ice-cream truck . . . they’re […]

Summer Fun Calendar Kickoff

Let the Summer Fun begin! Welcome to the Melissa & Doug “My Summer Calendar” blog series. Every Monday, right here on our blog, we’ll reveal a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long.  We encourage you to print the calendar and keep it in a […]

How to Keep a Routine in Summer

Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for keeping kids structured during the summer. Although summer is usually thought of as a time to run barefoot and fancy free, a summer without structure for some children, especially the special needs child, may be very difficult for both […]