Val’s Crafty Corner: Big Messy Art

This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our blog ambassador Valerie Deneen. This is a great activity for just before bath time!   -Val Recently I invited my kids to get super messy making lots of action-packed art. It was a fun-filled afternoon making lots of […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Patriotic Note Cards

This crafty activity with Melissa & Doug art supplies is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Put your stamp on a thoughtful thank you!  -Val With Memorial Day soon upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to invite my daughter to create some handmade patriotic […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Beaded Necklaces for Mom

This creative play craft and activity for Mother’s Day is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make a beautiful bracelet or necklace for Mom with this pretty bead “bouquet!”   – Valerie These beaded necklaces are so much fun to make, and they would be such a special […]

Parent Watercooler: Give Mom a Box of Love

This gift tutorial is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   – Zina Still searching for a unique Mother’s Day present? A small “Box of Love” is the perfect gift for Mom. While I keep the clutter at my work desk […]

5 Ways for Kids to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Learn to count to cinco. Today is Cinco de Mayo and the perfect day to learn the Spanish alphabet or some Spanish numbers! Help make a Mexican meal. Burritos, tacos, cornbread . . . olé!  Tonight’s dinner can be a delicious Mexican feast. (Even toddlers can help with a sprinkling of queso.) Make your own piñata. A […]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  –Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can […]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

Losing sleep over hosting the kids’ next sleepover? Consider these 5 cool sleepover ideas that kids will love! Set up camp. Let your child help plan where he/she and the guest will sleep. (Is there enough space in his/her bedroom, or would sleeping bags in the living room make more sense?) Then add some welcoming […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Rainy Day Stamping

This creative activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make fun of rainy days with this wacky weather artwork! My daughter and I had a great time making these silly raindrop pictures, and you probably already have everything you need to make one too! This is […]

5 Ideas For Indoor Playdates

These indoor playdate ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” ——————————————————– The weather is finally getting nice, right? Well just when you think you are going to be spending every day gardening and playing outside, the weather reminds […]