July 4th ~ Independence Day PRINTABLES!

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!

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 […]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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

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!

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 […]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStongHome. This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? 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 but get the hop on […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

(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 […]