“Make-Your-Own-Memory” – Free Printable!

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How do you practice memorization skills with your child? As your child gets older, their memory will be a fundamental part of how they achieve success in school: They will start to recognize patterns, remember key facts, and start to problem-solve. A memory game is the perfect way to practice these skills in a fun, [...]

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 [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Countdown to the New Year (Printable!)

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We’re six days away from 2013, and a great way to get your kids involved in the New Years countdown is with this paper link chain activity.  Use this free printable for kids of all ages – older kids can enjoy talking about the resolutions and what a “New Year” means to them, while younger [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Start a Color Journal!

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie If your kids are a little too young to start a traditional journal, a color journal may be a good alternative! To make your own, you will need about [...]

4 Oven-Free Holiday Cookie Projects (and Printable!)

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For many of us, the holiday season is a wonderful time to whip up your favorite family recipes and sweet treats. Many children love to join in the fun by either helping with specific activities (like measuring or mixing), or emulating you with their own play food. If you’re looking for a “less mess” activity [...]

Hanukkah Craft For Toddlers (and older kids too)

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Get your littlest friends excited about Hanukkah by making a pretty Star of David painting. Making specific shapes can be tricky for toddlers, but this craft makes it [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Wooden Thank You Trays

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Wooden Thank You Trays are a crafty and smart way to officially extend our thanks to loved ones.”   -Amy Being the huge Melissa & Doug fans that we are, over the last eight years we [...]

Stacy Shares: Developing A Unique Style

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How influential are you in helping your child develop a unique personal style?”   – Stacy Even at a very young age, my children responded to certain types of clothing more than others. My oldest son (6) is very [...]

5 Everyday Tips for Building Your Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

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Happy Columbus Day! It’s been over 500 years now since Christopher Columbus landed on American shores, “discovering” the New World and laying the groundwork for another October school holiday. Whichever side of the story you’re celebrating today, we wish you lots of happy family playtime! In the spirit of discovery, this week’s blog posts will [...]