The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]

Summer Postcard & Pen Pal Projects for Kids

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Are your kids going away to a summer camp? Are you taking a family road trip? Do your kids miss their school friends ALREADY? Here’s a “bushel and a peck” of ideas to keep everyone feeling connected & cared about this summer — all while practicing writing, spelling, & storytelling skills!   3 Writing Ideas [...]

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 [...]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

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This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help [...]

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

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Last week 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)      [...]

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 [...]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

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(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Round-Up: 5 Inspirational Ideas for the New Year

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we focused on helping you kick off 2013 with some exciting and inspirational activities and projects. From free printables to organizational tips, we think you’ll find something in our Blog Post round-up to help support your family’s resolutions for the New Year. If you have any feedback [...]

New Year Number Search

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Say goodbye to 2012 and HELLO 2013 with this fun New Year’s Number Search printable! Instructions: Put a line through each “2012″ you find Circle each “2013″ you find Click on the image to download this printable! For more fun winter activities, visit the Melissa & Doug Pinterest “WinterWonderland” board!