Holiday baking with kids: 7 tips for having fun and keeping your sanity!

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Holiday baking time! This might be my most favorite time in the kitchen of the whole year. My girls and I are drawn to the seasonal displays of ingredients at the grocery store like moths to the flame. We stock up on all flavors of chips and sprinkles and nuts for baking cookies and treats. [...]

Stacy Shares: Patriotic Pinwheels Craft

Independence Day Craft: Patriotic "Spin Art" Pinwheels

The 4th of July is just a few days away. Looking for a fun activity to get your kids excited about Independence Day? Try these easy patriotic pinwheels created by our blog Ambassador, Stacy Teet of Kids Stuff World. Besides using up children’s artwork, they also make great photo props and handmade toys to take [...]

Teaching the Joy of Giving

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These joy of giving tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina …………………………………………………….. Holiday chaos is in full swing. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and use this opportunity to teach your child about the joy of giving. Many [...]

The “Creative Play, Every Day” Challenge from Melissa & Doug and CafeMom

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We are excited to announce that—starting today—Melissa & Doug and CafeMom are launching our Creative Play, Every Day Challenge!   For the next 10 days, we’re inviting you to explore the joys of creative play with your children! Why “Creative Play”? At Melissa & Doug, we believe that “real play”—open-ended, non-judgmental playtime driven by imagination—is [...]

Happy Thanksgiving Week! (The View from the Kids’ Table)

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We love Thanksgiving! What a special time to come together, reflect on the happiness in our lives, make handprint turkeys…. Most of all, it’s so much fun to focus on the best things in life: our family and friends! In that spirit, this week we’re shining a spotlight on our friends across the country with [...]

Make the Holidays Special :: Inspirational Pinning Challenge

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Melissa & Doug is excited to kick off our first-ever Pinterest challenge! “Holiday magic” can be hard work for moms and dads, and we’d like to help with some extra inspiration this season. Simply create a virtual pin board featuring your favorite holiday ideas and gifts for a chance to win one of four $200 [...]

Take your Fun on the Road this Holiday Season! (Traveling with Kids)

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Does your family do a lot of traveling around the holidays? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’ll be talking all about the ways families play when they’re traveling (or just pretending to travel). We’ll share our top picks for travel games, best packing strategies (start with a great kids’ suitcase!), and special posts all [...]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

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Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night? Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little [...]

8 Ways to Keep the Happy in Your Holidays by Melissa

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8 Ways to Keep the Happy in Your Holidays by Melissa for grandparents.com No one can deny that the meaning of the holidays can easily get lost during this frenetic time of year. All year, it feels as if we are moving ever faster to keep pace with technology and the daily changes in the [...]