How to Get Kids Excited About Homework

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This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It School’s back in session, which means homework is starting to come home and become a part of our daily afternoon. Here are a few tips to get your child excited about homework, rather than viewing it as a challenge. 1) [...]

3 Ways to Foster Creativity through Boredom

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Melissa shares her views on why it’s not only important – but necessary - to let your kids be BORED! “Parents sometimes think that hearing their child say, ‘I’m bored’ is a sign they haven’t tried hard enough to keep their child busy or entertained. But the truth is that when children are BORED, they have the [...]

Create a Pirate Craft for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

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Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19, and we thought it would be fun to share a pirate themed craft to celebrate! ARRRRR you ready? We created our pirate ship and pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely known as popsicle sticks), construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers. We glued [...]

Which BLOCKS Are Best for Your Child?

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Our “puzzle guide” article was so well received by our readers that we’ve put together a similar guide to help you choose the right BLOCKS for your child. Whether you have a baby, toddler, or school-age son or daughter, we’ll explain the different features you should look for in block-related toys, games, and activities for [...]

Your “Road Trip Mini-Mag” is Here!

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Where is your family traveling to this summer? Regardless of where you’re headed, we know that the process of getting there can sometimes be a challenge if you’re bringing the kids along. So, we partnered with our friends from Highlights to bring you our Road Trip Mini-Mag – perfect for a plane, train, car, or [...]

How to Honor Your Child’s Artwork

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Parents: You’ve come to anticipate the flood of artwork your children tote home in their backpacks each day, not to mention the masterpieces they create at home. But the fact is, you just can’t save it all. So how do you go about displaying, and honoring, your child’s artwork? Try these simple, creative solutions for sorting [...]

Weekly Deal Round-Up: Special Offers Only at MelissaAndDoug.com!

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Our weekly deal round-up gives you the scoop on ALL the savings happening this weekend at MelissaAndDoug.com! Check it out: Save 50%with NEW Outlet Shop Bundles! The Melissa & Doug Outlet Shop features some incredible products at up to 50% off! Plus, new items are being added regularly, like our new 2 for 1 value [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Collaborative Coloring Activity

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This idea for crafty coloring fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Do your kids enjoy coloring? Do they spend lots of time doodling and drawing? Do you need a simple activity that encourages siblings to share, cooperate, and get [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Deal Roundup: Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!

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As a valued member of our community, we want to be sure you’re “in the know” whenever we have special deals happening on our website. So we created this weekly roundup so you never miss an opportunity to save! Here’s a flash overview of what we’re featuring this weekend, including some very special offers for [...]