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U.S. Geography for Kids: American Flag Easel Painting

This “U.S. Geography for Kids” homeschool post is part of a series (An Introduction to U.S. Geography for Little Kids) from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) This month in our homeschool we are focusing on U.S. Geography. Though my children are young, I feel it’s never too early to […]

DIY Dinosaur Birthday Party Favor Bags

Part 2 of our “How to Host a Dinosaur Birthday Party” blog post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. I get excited about the details of a party. The small touches really pull everything together in a festive way, but sometimes the details and work can […]

How to Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party (Part 1)

This Dinosaur Birthday Party post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family loves birthday parties. I love planning them and my son loves experiencing them. But this year I wanted to keep it simple. So today I’m sharing our stress-free and super amazing […]

The Melissa & Doug Ultimate Birthday Bash!

We are thrilled to announce our first Ultimate Birthday Bash! -This Giveaway is now CLOSED-  Looking for inspirational ideas for your child’s upcoming birthday? Over the next 11 days, we’ll be sharing some inspirational ideas from the Melissa & Doug blog, and our fantastic group of co-hosts! During our Ultimate Birthday Bash we’re sharing: Themed party […]

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 — […]