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Toy Rotation & Donation

The holidays are coming and it is time to address TOYS. Today I am over at Let’s Lasso the Moon sharing … 5 Tips for getting your child to WILLINGLY participate in donating toys. Click here to read the post. Teaching children the power of donation and empathy are important, but sometimes you just need […]

The Grateful Turkey Thanksgiving Day Craft for Kids

In our family, we’ve done activities on Thanksgiving Days past involving turkey feathers and writing down the things we were grateful for. But this year, we thought it would be fun to turn the plates on the kid’s table into works of art AND expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving. All your child will need to […]

Announcing the Melissa & Doug Holiday Twitter Party!

Join us for a very special Holiday Twitter party hosted by Melissa & Doug!   When: Thursday November 7, 2013 at 9pm EST Where: Follow the #MDPARTY hashtag on Twitter! How Long: For 1.5-2 hours (but join whenever you can!) Why? Meet new people, talk about your upcoming holiday plans, AND enter to win some […]

Introducing the “Terrific 25” Holiday Gifts Giveaway from Melissa & Doug!

All year-long, we’ve been celebrating 25 years of Melissa & Doug! Now, as the holidays start to approach us, what better way to celebrate than with a Terrific 25 Gifts Giveaway?   Starting November 5, 2013, we will give away one item from our Terrific 25 Gifts list (published on the Melissa & Doug website) […]

talking about daylight savings with kids: turn and tell clock

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. For many parents, Daylight Saving Time is a totally uninvited, unwelcome guest. With a simple flick of the clock hands, we magically “spring” forward or “fall” back.  And our children’s fragile sleep […]

An Organized Study Area That Works

This has been a year of teaching my children to be more self-sufficient. We started with our bed time routine, then packing lunches and choosing snacks, and have quickly moved on to homework and study time. I’m happy to tell you today with a few simple steps we have turned this once hectic task in […]

DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

This creative DIY Dolls craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo.  Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint. Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint –       First download […]

Celebrity for a Day: Galileo Galilei

In honor of the upcoming Solar Eclipse, stretch your child’s mind with a full day of play honoring Galileo, father of astronomy. Morning Prepare little tummies for a day of play with a breakfast feast. Make mini-pancake “planets” and arrange them around a larger pancake “sun.” Make “stars” from fruit cut into star shapes. Trivia […]

Fall Leaf Bingo (with Printable!)

This Fall fun activity is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.   Fall is my family’s favorite season. The weather is lovely and the scenery is beautiful. It’s an absolutely fantastic time to be outside playing, learning, and exploring. Today’s activity is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside and take in […]