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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

🐭 para día de disfraces en el marco conmemorativo del Día de jardín de infantes. Máscara vía #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

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

She helped me with the felt leaf crowns and stuffs a lot of the arms. Making these dolls is truly a family affair and seeing each one find a home 🏡 with you is so special. We truly appreciate you supporting and loving our dolls. Most of the first bunnies from today are gone (just a couple left) but there are still some dolls - perfect for Easter morning. #mermagdolls

Heerlijk intuïtief speelgoed 😍. #grimms #saartjeswereld #playcreatively #pegdoll

Pre-writing ☝🏽 activity in rainbow 🌈 sprinkles ☺️!
Easy set up and tasty!
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#happytoddlerplaytime #playcreatively #prewriting #earlychildhoodeducation #homeschooling #toddleractivity #toddler #2yearsold #finemotorskills #skc_rainbows #eiko12rainbow

When I was little I'd dream up magical attic tea parties with my dolls. We'd pretend to be orphan peasants and I'd serve them cheese and milk (I had a dairy thing going on I guess). There might have been candles involved so I'm sure glad we didn't burn the house down. 🙀 What were some things you'd scheme up with your play things as a kid?
Oh and don't forget to mark your calendars: New dolls coming to the shop next week. Drop date Tues, Aug 9th at 10 am mtn time. 🎉 #mermagdolls #playcreatively


1 2 3 4 / kiddos swinging by the shore / #mediocrepoetry 😁

🔠ABC Hunt🔠~~I buried the letters in the sand (kinetic sand)..
👦Little Jamie's job: Find the letters in the bin and match them onto the letters that i wrote on the paper next to the bin..[2y1m7d]
#babyjamie #25m #ABCactivities #alphabets #matching #letters #playcreatively #toddler #lifewithtoddler #sahm

Ring the bells! I actually finished little Alice's baby book... just in time for her fourth birthday! 🙈🙈🙈 #thirdchildproblems

Green water play💦~~ He loves to scoop & transfer & do it all over again...
Why choose green? Cuz the only one food coloring that we had at home..😅
#jamieplays #24m #sensoryplay #finemotorskills #outdooractivities #waterplay #playcreatively #playwithkid #toddlerlife

One more from our walk. Zoom for a little Idaho history! 🤓

Just over here frolicking. Carry on.

Our picnic fun lasted for an hour. See the previous pic for our block picnic.
The light saber battle had a turn of events 😂 Blocks were scattered and blown up. And then it was time to rebuild. Swipe left to see some building action.
It's all about having fun with your little ones. You can plan a picnic. But, it'll turn into a light saber battle that turns into building blocks. And that's ok.
Your kiddo is having quality time with you. Your kiddo is #learningthroughplay - that's awesome! #letthemplay It's simply the best way for them to try new things and use their imagination. •

#playoutdoors #motherhoodslens #toddlerfun #toddlerlife #blessthismess #graceupongrace #mommyandme #mommyblogger #celebrate_childhood #thekidsplay #livecolorfully #littlestoriesofmylife #acupofmotherhood #mymamahood #kidsofig #kidactivities #earlylearning101 #ece #legoduplo #buildingblocks #playcreatively

🐭 para día de disfraces en el marco conmemorativo del Día de jardín de infantes. Máscara vía #playcreatively

🌊 Learning through play: We collected some seashells from the beach and brought them back home to explore them thoroughly with our 👀, 👂, and ✋. 🌎 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 🌎's beauties. 🌎
🌎 🌊 With the shells, we observed👀 their various colors, felt ✋ their different textures, and heard 👂 the different sounds they make compared to a rock. 🌊
#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."

Paper dolls and puppets were always my favorite toys to make as a child. (And prob still are). I recall my parents having a date night every Friday night and we were left with a sitter for what was fondly called "cut-and-paste night". This just meant that we got out the scissors and paste and went crazy cutting up magazines, paper, you name it and then we would paste together epic stories, plays, creations and more. It was dreamy for me. It's this type of creative and slow childhood that I'm trying harder to cultivate with my kids and share with all of you. What is a favorite making memory you have from your childhood? When you were able to #playcreatively? I'd love to hear! | puppets from my printable party pack in the @merrileeliddiardshop. Just add fabric scraps for clothing and a stick and you're ready to entertain!

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! 😍

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. 🐰🐰 #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 😬🙀. Time to Pull out our craft books, cooking jar and lots of prayers 🙏🏻 for mamma's sanity. 😜 Any ideas you love for a staycation? #thebanisterhouse #staycation

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