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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 […]

Holiday Messes Don’t Have to Stop the Party: 5 Easy Solutions

This guide for dealing with holiday messes comes from our guest editor Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor at Care.com. There are your everyday messes, kid’s room messes and playroom disasters. And then there are the messes that come from hosting gaggles of family members for the holidays — and having to feed and shelter them […]

Top Toy Picks For Baby’s First Christmas

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Babies change so quickly and when you are picking out their first Christmas gifts for them you want to balance toys they can use right […]

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

This classic-toy gift guide is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina . . . Today I am honored to share with you a few of my favorite Melissa & Doug toys. In a world filled with gizmos, gadgets, and screens, […]