Sand Play On the Go: A Portable Sandbox for Kids

What’s a portable sandbox? Guest blogger Sarah Noftle of How Wee Learn knows. I love having my little ones in the veggie garden with me. Except for when I don’t love having them in the veggie garden with me. When I am getting the garden ready I don’t mind one little bit moving ten times slower, having holes […]

Rekindling Back to School Friendships: DIY Friendship Bracelets

Check out these cool DIY friendship bracelets and demo video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know they’re […]

DIY Meditation Chain

This DIY meditation chain craft was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com You’ve probably heard that meditation offers many health benefits from improved concentration and reduced stress. It’s one reason I made trying meditation my challenge for January. The practice has also shown benefits for children too. As I’ve discovered, focus can be the hardest part of […]

Planning a DIY Birthday Party

Make planning a DIY Birthday Party simple and fun, with these great tips from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home. 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 […]

Play Prompts: Magnetic Puzzle Play!

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”

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 Gifts Kids Can Make

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. 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 off to a friend or […]

Hot Chocolate Sensory Craft for Kids (and Printable!)

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!

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