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4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Career Day for Kids: Exploring Occupations through Play

Career Day for Kids: 10 great ways to explore occupations! “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s a question all children seem to hear. Think about all of the exciting adult careers you wanted to have, as a child! You may have even followed your childhood dreams and be working in […]

Fine Motor Development: Birth to 3 Years

This information about fine motor development is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I remember like it was yesterday when my kids took their first steps. I also remember the first time I walked in to get them out of their cribs and realized they had learned to roll […]

Map and Alphabet Printables for Kids!

Whether school has started for your family or it’s still a way off, these free school time printables are a great way to review the basics or learn something new – while keeping things entertaining! Animal Alphabet Printable The playful illustrations and vibrant colors of this alphabet printable will quickly catch the eye of young […]

Rekindling Back to School Friendships

Check out these cool friendship bracelet crafts and video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know […]

Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether […]

Lunchbox Note Ideas: Scratch Art Sayings

→ During the coming months, guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome will help us share love with our little ones throughout the school day, with her creative lunchbox note ideas! We hope you enjoy this special series from Julie. Last year was my first experience packing lunches for my little boys, as we did our first […]

Back to School Giveaway! Week 3

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first two weeks of flash giveaways in our Back to School Giveaway, but there’s much more excitement to come! That’s right . . . and if you’re ready to check out the awesome prizes we’ll be awarding for the next 7 days of this back to school giveaway, the list […]

Vacation Photo Project for Kids

Did you take a family vacation this summer? How many photos do you have on your phone RIGHT NOW? If you’re like me, you have thousands from throughout the year. As part of the Capturing Childhood initiative, we’ve chatted about: 3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photography How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your […]