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Instructions on how to make a cardboard coastal cottage and platform bed for your very own Bitty Bunny Benjamin (or any play friend really) on the blog today. (The open and shut storm window is her fav part). #mermagcardboard find Benjamin Bunny in @merrileeliddiardshop

From our November issue: some amazing and creative uses for duct tape!
#Repost @mer_mag with @repostapp.
So fun to see my duct tape shipping trucks (made from recycled materials such as cracker boxes) from my book Playful, in the Nov. issue of @familyfunmag. Pick up a copy to learn how to make them. (Instructions are also in my book Playful). They also have a little interview in the article. I've been touched by how many of you have mentioned how playing creatively with your children has made for some special moments and memories. I think that's so needed in today's plugged in world, don't you? It doesn't take much to spend a few intentional moments with the little ones we love while they are still children. I'd say this was my biggest goal with my book Playful: Fun Projects to Make With and For Kids - to help both children and then ones who love them to do just that. #playfultoysandcrafts #mermagducttape #playcreatively

The results! M's fairy and H of course with a farmer. :) So fun! ---- Enjoying beautiful weather and welcoming fall with the most relaxed project ever. #playcreatively #playfulnature #mermagnaturecrafts #theartfulparent

Jayne loves horse drawn carriage rides, giraffes, and starry nights. Oversized at 26" long, and one of a kind, Jayne is perfect for playful adventures and night time cuddles. She has blonde hair tied in pig tales and is shown here wearing the softest grey Parisian starry night dress paired with a sparkle crown, felt ball necklace and supple grey maryjane shoes. She is hand made with a hand painted face and is in the shop now. #mermagdolls

Heerlijk intuรฏtief speelgoed ๐Ÿ˜. #grimms #saartjeswereld #playcreatively #pegdoll

โ€ข EgG DriP PaiNTinG โ€ข

Super easy, a little messy, but so fun you'll want to grab a plastic egg and drip paint tooโ˜บ๏ธ!

#happytoddlerplaytime #playcreatively #toddleractivity #toddler #2yearsold #igkids #finemotorskills #unschooling #teachersfollowteachers #preschool #craftsforkids #creativeplay #learningthroughplay #toddlerscience #educationaltoys #toddlertoys

This time of years has so many possibilities for nature crating! We used our printable of little Miss Nellie (as well as Atticus the Bunny) and made ensembles from leaves and flowers. My intern @lexiknilson made this one and I love it. So much spring time fun! #mermagnaturecrafts #merillustration

Have you seen the new @gathre mats collab with @ryleeandcru? It's amazing and word on the street it drops tonight. My dolls had such a great time at their play date with these mats (which are so helpful and used on a regular basis in our house btw.) A couple of dolls with some crowns made from these mats will make their way into the shop this week too. #gathretogether


๐ŸŒŠ Learning through play: We collected some seashells from the beach and brought them back home to explore them thoroughly with our ๐Ÿ‘€, ๐Ÿ‘‚, and โœ‹. ๐ŸŒŽ Earth's natural resources give us the opportunity to create an authentic, fun learning experience for our little ones while also teaching them to value ๐ŸŒŽ's beauties. ๐ŸŒŽ
๐ŸŒŽ ๐ŸŒŠ With the shells, we observed๐Ÿ‘€ their various colors, felt โœ‹ their different textures, and heard ๐Ÿ‘‚ the different sounds they make compared to a rock. ๐ŸŒŠ
#learningthroughplay #playcreatively #play #ocean #seashells #playtime #toddler #learning #baby #mom #parenting #tinyfingers #littlehuman #earlychildhoodeducation #first5years #jugandoaprendo #earth #childplay #sensoryplay #finemotorskills #love #bebe #amor #bilingualfamily #hispanicfamily #hispaniccommunity #socalmoms #education #promotecuriosity #powerofplay

Movie night! We're watching Cannon's Snow White while I work on a fun little project. Is there anything better than sharing movies from your childhood with your kids?!! Alice just told me my dolls "look like baby worms. But don't worry, Mom, they'll get better."

I have to admit, I was a bit worried taking the little ones to bed and leaving my #6yearold alone with my phone and half a cup of flour... but I came down to find this beautiful picture! Inspired by @edgar_artis and using a free printable from Merrilee's @mer_mag blog, my daughter created this #flour and #mandarin dress! ๐Ÿ˜

Dress up your Easter table by turning real eggs into Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. Or have the little ones craft these bunnies together using plastic eggs for a worry free festive activity. You can find these friends in the printable party pack in the shop. Lin. ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ #mermageaster

The kids have spring break this week and with all our travels this year we've opted to stay put. Which means all the kiddos at home all week ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™€. Time to Pull out our craft books, cooking jar and lots of prayers ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป for mamma's sanity. ๐Ÿ˜œ Any ideas you love for a staycation? #thebanisterhouse #staycation

I made these 2 little paper butterflies for Sofia because: ๐Ÿฆ‹ she saw them for the first time today and was very excited about it;
๐Ÿฆ‹ I want to surprise her tomorrow morning;
๐Ÿฆ‹ I love her more than anything;
๐Ÿฆ‹ She is my world ๐Ÿ’– .
๐Ÿ’A separate thank you to @redtedart for a terrific idea! ๐Ÿ’ก

Butterflies Go Free at Montreal Botanical Garden ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฆ‹

Today was a magical day for our family. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒธโœจWe decided to go to Butterflies Go Free exhibition at Montreal Botanical Garden. ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒด๐ŸƒAnd I'm so happy we did! ๐Ÿค—I've never seen so many butterflies flying around. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹ They were all so different, colourful and beautiful! It was even more exciting to watch Sofia experience it all for the first time! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ’• I honestly think that everyone should bring their children there. It's like going on a mini vacation (because you get to see plants, flowers and trees from everywhere around the world) without having to spend a fortune. ๐ŸŒŽ #familytime #botanicalgarden #butterflies

Something very special happened today! ๐Ÿ’• It melts my heart! ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’#flowergirl #familyfirst

This baby though! ๐Ÿ˜ป#soinlove

"Fairy tales had been her first experience of the magical universe, and more than once she had wondered why people ended up distancing themselves from that world, knowing the immense joy that childhood had brought to their lives."
Paulo Coelho

First drop of Dolls and bunnies from my latest collection Spring Whimsy is happening now. ๐Ÿ’ซ@merrileeliddiardshop ๐ŸŒบโœจ #mermagdolls

#Repost from @happytoddlerplaytime with @regram.app ... ๐Ÿ”ฎ CaPs ANd MaRBleS ๐Ÿ”ฎ
Z looooves marbles. Whenever I bring them out to play with she gets super excited. .
This simple to set up and great ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพfine motor skill activity was a big hit โ˜บ๏ธ! .

THEME: ๐Ÿค”ProBLem SoLVinG๐Ÿค”

#happytoddlerplaytime #getcreativewith #playcreatively #toddleractivity #toddler #2yearsold #igkids #finemotorskills #unschooling #teachersfollowteachers #preschool #craftsforkids #creativeplay #learningthroughplay #toddlerscience #educationaltoys #toddlertoys #sgkids #montessorietkinlikleri #kurikulumprasekolah #belajarsambilbermain #idebermain

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