5 Flower Facts for Kids

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For a little light learning this weekend, share these fun flower facts with your kids and tell us: what does your family love most about exploring the great outdoors? * * * “April showers bring May flowers, That is what they say. But if all the showers turned to flowers, We’d have quite a colorful [...]

Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid [...]

Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

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These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three [...]

3 April Fools’ Day Tricks for Kids

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Whether it’s April Fools’ Day or any day, it’s important to get kids–and parents–laughing a little each day.  Smiles are good for the spirit, and laughter IS the best medicine. In the spirit of of a little good-natured joking, check out what snacks and sweets got our Blog Ambassador Amy (of teachmama.com) and her family [...]

How to Make an Indoor Obstacle Course

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This Indoor Obstacle Course activity is provided by special guest blogger Roo Ciambriello. Spring is here, but the weather seems to have missed the memo.  While my local stores are displaying racks of swimsuits and sandals, I’m still wearing my winter coat. BRRRRRRRRR. And more than my shivering, I have to come up with things for [...]

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 [...]

Learning Letters with Clay Initial Hearts

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Learning letters is an exciting time for all kids, and my toddler is very excited to claim all the letter Ms she sees (” That’s MY letter!”) It was [...]

How to Make Watercolor Chinese Lanterns

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This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). Chinese New Year is right around the corner (officially begins on Sunday, February 10th) and what better way to celebrate than by making some beautiful homemade Chinese Lanterns?  Lanterns are a popular symbol throughout the Chinese New Year celebration; the end of which is marked by [...]