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Making Cards for Older Members in Your Community

Guest post provided by Roo Ciambriello. The holidays are generally a time of family togetherness, special traditions, and giving. For many senior adults in nursing homes, however, the holidays can be kind of cold and lonely. My husband sings at over a dozen nursing homes and hospice centers in our state each month, and had the […]

Wondering About Winter?

Chill with the kids and put the holiday hustle on ice with these cool winter facts plus an easy activity. Fun Facts about Winter: December 21 marks the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s called winter solstice because it’s the day when the sun sits closest to the […]

Celebrity for a (Holi)day: Julia Child

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 […]

5 Oh-So-Cute Ornament Projects for Kids

Child-made ornaments make great holiday gifts for loved ones to ooh and aah over. Consider making a second one to save for yourself to start a family tradition of having your child make one hand-made ornament each year. Hang the ornaments on your family tree while your son or daughter is little, and when they […]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

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 […]

Top 5 Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up)

This top 5 holiday–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity.  Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too.  And […]

Snowflake Scissor Skills: Printable & More!

Print out this winter-themed scissors skills printable, grab some child-safe scissors and get ready for some creative winter-themed fun! Scissor crafts are a great pre-writing skill builder as they lay the groundwork for proper pencil grip. After cutting out the shapes of this snowflake craft kids can decorate them, create a snowy scene indoors or use them […]

Hot Chocolate Counting Activity & Printable!

What’s better than a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? And, did you know? There are so many great (and secretly educational) activities you can do with marshmallows! Here are some ideas: *   If you have 3 marshmallows and someone gives you 3 more, how many do you have? *   […]

Favorite gifts for future foodies

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 […]