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The Ultimate Birthday Bash – Our Co-Hosts

Have you heard about our Ultimate Birthday Bash? For the next 11 days, we’re celebrating the joy, excitement (and sometimes exhaustion) of planning and celebrating your child’s birthday! Plus, we’re offering a $500 Birthday Bash giveaway (click here to enter) so one lucky winner can choose favors, games, crafts, and gifts from for your […]

Gardening with Kids: Kid-Made Plant Markers

This “gardening with kids” craft is written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Spring is here, and like many others, my family is turning our attention towards the garden. We’ve started planning and preparing, and we’ve even done a little creating! These bright and cheery plant markers are a great way to get your […]

Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

These “Baking with Kids” activities are from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) My kids love helping in the kitchen, and it is such a great way to incorporate learning into everyday life! This week we baked blueberry banana muffins. Then we took the learning further with some extension activities: […]

Announcing the “Rainy-Day Giveaway” from Melissa & Doug and Highlights

April showers bring…the Rainy-Day Giveaway from Melissa & Doug and Highlights! Join us for our first collaborative Pinterest contest with our fantastic partners at Highlights! Here’s how it works: HERE’S HOW TO PIN IT TO WIN IT! Visit the Melissa & Doug/Highlights “Rainy-Day Fun” Pinterest board and “Follow” it On your Pinterest page, make a board titled “Rainy-Day […]

Get ready to hit the road!

Melissa & Doug is making vacationing with kids easy for you this summer by providing you with the ultimate Family Traveling resource. Whether you’re staying in a HOTEL, CABIN, or TENT, we’ve got you covered with ideas for keeping your kids happy, learning, and entertained while traveling this summer. Every Thursday through July, our blog — […]

Charming Cherry Blossom Craft for Kids

What’s your favorite springtime flower? For many, early spring is associated with beautiful cherry blossoms, as people gather in various cities to watch them bloom. In case you don’t have some cherry blossoms nearby (or maybe it’s still a bit too chilly to enjoy them!) here’s a charming (and easy!) cherry blossom craft for kids! Materials: […]

Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three straight days. Raising healthy eaters […]

Telling Time with “Bye-Bye Balloon Press & Spin Game”

Last week, Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP (from Activity Tailor) shared some wonderful speech and language skill builders using our Bye-Bye-Balloon Press & Spin game. Today, she’s sharing some tips on using the game to help kids learn to understand the concept of telling time. Check out her ideas below, and share with us in the comments […]

3 April Fools’ Day Tricks for Kids

Whether it’s April Fools’ Day or any day, it’s important to get kids–and parents–laughing a little each day.  Smiles are good for the spirit, and laughter IS the best medicine. In the spirit of of a little good-natured joking, check out what snacks and sweets got our Blog Ambassador Amy (of and her family […]