Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

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June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The [...]

The Ultimate Rainy-Day Activity Book

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Even the gloomiest of days can be brightened with a few crafts, some imaginative play, and lots of laughter! That’s why we collaborated with our creative friends at Highlights again – this time to bring you The Ultimate Rainy-Day Activity Book: Part of our month of Rainy-Day fun! (If you haven’t seen our Rainy-Day Pinterest giveaway, you [...]

4 Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. It’s Happy Heart Day again (aka Valentine’s), and more than letting this day be simply a greeting card holiday, it can also be a time to teach children about showing love and kindness to others. Creating a treat or gift to drop [...]

Hot Chocolate Sensory Craft for Kids (and Printable!)

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Here’s a quick and easy sensory craft that kids can complete while Mom or Dad makes some real hot chocolate to warm up the family! You’ll need: Hot Chocolate Mix or Powdered Chocolate Milk Mix Hot Chocolate Printable Sugar Glue Child-Safe Scissors Cotton Balls Instructions Download and print out our Hot [...]

10 Must-Have Art Supplies for Unlimited Crafts with Kids (Part I)

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Arts & Crafts activities can provide endless hours of creative fun for children.  But many parents often wonder: what art supplies do I really need to keep in my craft closet? We recommend starting out with the basics. Once you have a few fundamentals, your child will have plenty of inspiration to explore and create wonderful crafts! Finding [...]

From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: All About January!

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January is here! For many early learners, another year (or even month) might not mean that much…yet. Here are some educational conversation-starters and activities to help kids understand what January is all about! 1)      “January is…” Take a few moments to introduce your child to the month of January: -          There are 31 days in [...]

3 New Year’s Activities for Kids (Make a resolution to have fun . . . starting now!)

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While the grown-ups plan to break old habits and sign up for new gym memberships, help your kids take a lighter look at the changing of the calendar! Check out these three New Year’s planning activities, designed to help kids get perspective on the year, articulate their own values, and plan for fun throughout the [...]

New Year’s Activity: Blessing Box

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What’s your family’s New Year’s resolution? For guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife), 2013 will be the year of gratitude.  In a recent blog post, she shares how to create a special box with your child to keep track of blessings all year round. Here’s a quick overview on creating a “Blessing Box”: 1)      Have your child [...]

Creating a Custom Gift Bundle: Arts & Crafts

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Give the special artists in your life the gift of creative inspiration this holiday season with an Arts and Crafts gift bundle! We’ve collected some of our favorite gift ideas here—all filled with art supplies and craft kits that will have them making masterpieces all year round. These presents are completely customizable, too: Just pick [...]