Val’s Crafty Corner: Welcome to Trunki Town!

This creative play activity is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Come roll with us!  –Valerie Looking for a simple idea to get the kids outside this summer? This recipe for summer fun could not be any easier, yet it inspires imagination, creativity, and plenty of active […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Beaded Necklaces for Mom

This creative play craft and activity for Mother’s Day is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make beautiful bracelets or necklaces for Mom with this pretty bead “bouquet!”   – Valerie These beaded necklaces are so much fun to make, and they would be such a special gift […]

Stacy Shares: The Reasons I Love Being a Mom

This inspiring graphic is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, created by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. What little moments end up being your favorite reasons for being a Mom? We’d love to hear them in the comments!  —Stacy Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!! I hope you get to do at least a few of […]

Mother’s Day: Make It More than a Phone Call

These ideas for making Mother’s Day special are brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. Mother’s Day (in one form or another) is observed in over 40 cultures. In some, it’s tied to International Women’s Day; in others, it relates to religious festivals. Here in the United […]

Parent Watercooler: Give Mom a Box of Love

This gift tutorial is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   – Zina Still searching for a unique Mother’s Day present? A small “Box of Love” is the perfect gift for Mom. While I keep the clutter at my work desk […]

5 Ways for Kids to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Learn to count to cinco. Today is Cinco de Mayo and the perfect day to learn the Spanish alphabet or some Spanish numbers! Help make a Mexican meal. Burritos, tacos, cornbread . . . olé!  Tonight’s dinner can be a delicious Mexican feast. (Even toddlers can help with a sprinkling of queso.) Make your own piñata. A […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Letter-Writing Kit

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Get your letter-writing supplies organized and let your kids enjoy some old-school fun! Do you love getting letters in the mail? Do you want to send off a quick note to a friend, but tend to lose […]

5 Pre-Writing Skill-Builders

Creative play is a wonderful way to build hand, arm and shoulder strength, encourage fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and other pre-writing skills! Build hand, arm and shoulder strength. Encourage your child to draw, paint and create on a vertical surfaces–like an upright easel, the walls of the bathtub (try watercolors or bath crayons!), or […]