6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

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Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for [...]

A Teddy Bear Picnic

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This Teddy Bear Picnic Post is brought to us by Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome.com “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground…”   Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? We took our boys out last week for a Teddy Bear Picnic in advance of National Teddy Bear Picnic Day, celebrated [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

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“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

Teaching Your Child about Food Groups

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This post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. March is National Nutrition Month.  Let’s build a healthy foundation with our kids with a few playful activities with pretend food. Ask yourself a few questions before we begin: How well do you think your child knows the names of [...]

Why Pretend Play Is So Important

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This post is from Emily of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Children who are on the autism spectrum, like my son, have a harder [...]

Celebrity for a (Holi)day: Julia Child

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Turn your holiday season kitchen time into a parent-child play day celebrating Julia Child. Introduce your kids to the woman who introduced Americans to homemade French cooking. Begin with a breakfast of French toast, quiche, or Julia’s French scrambled eggs and build your day around Julia’s recipe for living. Be Fearless An ageless female role [...]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

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Our family looks forward to Christmas all year long. It’s our favorite holiday. In fact, my kids have been writing letters to Santa since December 26th of last year. While their writing and picture-drawing skills have improved immensely over the past 11 months, I’ve realized that I’ve neglected to show them the correct way to [...]

Favorite gifts for future foodies

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It was love at first wooden bite of play cookie. My relationship with Melissa & Doug all started with their wonderful food related play sets and 4 years later our mini kitchen is simply stocked with everything a future chef would need. Whether you’re first introducing your child to the food groups or trying to [...]

Improving Sibling Behaviors with Creative Play

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This blog post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. So my children DIDN’T end up magically loving to share their toys and spend every second together. Hmm… so strange! I thought I could escape the sibling rivalry phase! But no, like most baby/preschool sibling sets, once the baby became mobile, squabbles over [...]