Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

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This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come [...]

July 4th ~ Independence Day PRINTABLES!

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Turn on your printer and let the creative time begin, with these Independence Day printables! To help the kids get involved in the excitement of the fourth of July, we’re sharing Independence Day printables! Print out each page, then let your little ones add color and creativity using some non-roll markers, crayons or pencils. Click [...]

Start the Summer with Printables!

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Here comes the sun – and all the terrific childhood memories that go hand-in-hand with those long, balmy days! With the playful excitement of summertime, quieter moments inevitably come along. To help fill those times with a little bit of educational fun, we’ve brought you these free summer printables for kids. Click here or on [...]

3 Mother’s Day Printables for Kids!

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Help your child create something special this Mother’s Day with these three printables! Perfect for moms, grandmothers, aunts, or any special person in your child’s life, these quick and easy crafts are sweet, and sentimental (not to mention, easy!) You’ll need: Child-safe scissors Crayons or markers Glue or tape A cherished 4″ x 6″ photo [...]

Puzzle Play Activity: A “Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt” (& Printable!)

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Earlier on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared a few ways to enjoy our puzzle-themed printable. One idea was to have a puzzle treasure hunt! Our guest blogger Joyce (Childhood Beckons) expanded on this concept in her recent blog post: Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt! Here’s how the educational scavenger hunt works: 1)      Divide [...]

Create-Your-Own Puzzle Printable (Plus 3 Activity Tips!)

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Celebrate National Puzzle Month by playing with the puzzles you already own, plus download and print this puzzle printable sheet - and let the puzzle fun begin! Here are some ways to enjoy this free puzzle printable: 1) Create a one-of-a-kind puzzle: Ask your child to decorate the sheet using crayons, stamps or markers. Then, using child-safe scissors, have the [...]