Planning a DIY Birthday Party

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This Planning a DIY Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Throwing any birthday party, whether a simple special dinner and cake or renting a couple hours at a play spot, involves some thoughtful planning and preparation. If you’re looking to reduce costs or showcase your [...]

Play Prompts: Magnetic Puzzle Play!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This week’s play prompt is sure to beat the boredom blues!   This do-it-yourself magnetic puzzle prompt is incredibly easy to create and it’s the perfect activity for those times when you are cooking dinner and need the kids to entertain themselves [...]

How to Host a “Sweet & Easy Valentine Party”

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We love when our guest blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) shares her fantastic recipes, creative play ideas, and more on the Melissa & Doug blog. This week, she posted some wonderful tips for hosting a Valentine’s Day party for kids that we know you, our readers, will love. In her posts, Tiffany often shares some of [...]

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 [...]

Winter Word Search: Free Printable!

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The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Winter fun needs to end! Download this Winter Word Search printable and work with your child to identify and circle the words at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve finished, here are a few “bonus” activities to consider: 1) Ask your child to draw [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]