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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 saving 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 […]

Learning with Patterns

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Patterns are everywhere! They are such a playful way to start working on life-long math concepts with your child.  From the patterns in our clothes, plants around us and even in the way we line up our toys we can […]

Organize a kid nook in your kitchen

The kitchen is the busiest room in the entire house and never is that statement more true than during the holiday season. In the coming weeks, the kitchen will be the heart of all your celebrations and festivities–where all the prep work happens and sometimes even the entertaining itself. One of the best things you […]

2 Printable Halloween Activity Pages

Need a super-quick activity for some Halloween “fun on the run”? Try these Print-n-Go Halloween activity pages to practice some SPOOKY spelling skills or have some FUN in the pumpkin patch. 1. Halloween Word Search It’ll be “a scream” for kids to find all the Halloween words hidden in this steaming pot of witch’s brew. […]