6 Springtime Gardening Ideas for Families

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It’s official — Spring has sprung! It’s time for your little budding gardeners to get their fingers GOOD-n-DIRTY. We’ve hand-picked a fresh crop of family gardening projects just for you! * * * Kid-Made Plant Markers Rainy day? There’s still plenty of gardening fun to be had! Stay in and stay dry while making custom [...]

“Make-Your-Own-Memory” – Free Printable!

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How do you practice memorization skills with your child? As your child gets older, their memory will be a fundamental part of how they achieve success in school: They will start to recognize patterns, remember key facts, and start to problem-solve. A memory game is the perfect way to practice these skills in a fun, [...]

Stacy Shares: Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

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This family activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Explore your backyard in a new way with this sensory adventure. Gardening with my kids is a big deal to me. It is one of the most rewarding ways we spend time together. There are so many [...]

What Lessons Will Bloom in Your Child’s Garden?

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Memory & Sequencing: The process of planting requires gardeners to follow set steps. Your child will use memory and narrative thinking to master the process: Prepare the soil, dig the hole, plant the seed. . . . Biology: Through direct experience your child will see a basic life cycle unfold: infancy, growth, full bloom, death. [...]

Skill Building Through Sand Play

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Large Motor Skills Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play! Hand-eye Coordination Children develop better control over their small muscles as they practice manipulating sand play toys like funnels, mills, shovels, scoops, and sifters. Social & Emotional Playing together in [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Sand Play Bakery!

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This springtime recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and is written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy taking your kids’ creativity outdoors! One of the activities my kids look forward to the most every spring is playing outdoors in the sandbox! They can spend hours happily playing together, engaged in [...]

The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

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by Melissa for grandparents.com Spontaneous time spent outdoors can have benefits beyond your wildest dreams! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing outdoors. When I was young, no one in my neighborhood had nannies. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s free babysitter and the only way she could “get things done.” [...]

Pinterest Contest: Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites to Win!

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Puddles & Sun, It’s Spring Oh My! Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites and Win! Pinterest Contest! HERE’S HOW TO PIN IT TO WIN IT! Visit Melissa & Doug’s Pinterest Page and click “Follow All.” On your Pinterest page make a board titled “Spring Wish List.” In the board’s description tell us why you love Melissa [...]

3 Uplifting Bubble Games for Kids!

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Bubble Colors: Add food coloring to bubble solution to create colorful bubbles! Bubble Painting: Using the colored bubble solution described above, then blow bubbles onto a piece of white poster board or card stock to make bubble art! Bubble Races: Hold a contest to see who can get a bubble from the starting line to the [...]