Painting with Kids: Melissa and Doug

Melissa and Doug is one of our favorite brands here at The Boy’s Store. We proudly stock several of their games, puzzles, and toys and we love to share incredible ideas from their blog whenever we have the chance. Melissa and Doug strive to educated, entertain, and sustain children and their minds and bodies. Here at The Boy’s Store we also seek to prepare our children for a better future through their minds and bodies. We know that style, imagination, creativity, and education are vital to the process of crating great minds. That is why we try every month to bring you fun, creative, and educational activities that you can complete with your children. Sometimes they are scripted, planned, and coming with perfect tutorials that we either create or share from the great minds of other bloggers. This month we want to share an idea from Melissa and Doug about painting. 


Painting is one of the ultimate creative enterprises. Painting can be planned, but it can also be free, creative, imagined, and everyone can participate. Melissa and Doug shared an excellent blog about painting that you can read here. We want you to check out this incredible blog and plan some time with your kids that will help to cultivate their own creativity. Try something new. Paint with an easel and some paper. Paint a wall. Paint a sidewalk. Paint on some fabric. No matter where you paint let your child experiment and learn from the experience. There are so many different options when it comes to paint. 

Things to try:


Spray paint

chalk paint

finger paint


oil paints




paint brushes




food (cut apples, celery, potatoes, etc.)









wall board





Halloween Crafts: Pumpkin Footprints

The months go by so quickly. October is already here and with it begins the holiday season. So much of our lives just fly right past us. As we watch our children n grow in the blink of an eye we realize that time and memories just keep on going. So of course we try our hardest to slow it down and keep the memory and moments going just a little bit longer. One of the ways we love to do this is by creating little charitable moments and keepsakes. This halloween we have found you a new halloween keepsake that will forever remind you how perfect and small your little one was in October of 2015. 


This adorable craft is courtesy of The Parental Hideaway. This incredible website and Facebook brings parents fun crafts, activities, and ideas for spending time with their children. This incredible holiday keepsake is the perfect simple activity and craft to try with your child, no matter how old they are, this October. Check out the website now for more fabulous ideas. 



The Parental Hideaway


What You Will Need: 


1 cup salt ?2 cups all purpose flour ?1 cup luke warm water




1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.

2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.

3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.

Store your salt dough in a air tight container and you will be able to use it for days.

You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.

4. You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however salt dough can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown, which won’t matter if you are painting your entire creation (you can also cover your dough in the oven before it turns brown).


5. There are a few options to color your salt dough: 1. Add powdered tempera paint to your flour, 2. add food coloring or paint to the water before you mix it with the salt/flour, or 3. add natural coloring like instant coffee, cocoa, or curry powder.

Halloween Books: The Spooky Wheels on the Bus


The month of ghosts, ghouls, spiderwebs, and pumpkins is upon us! Little boys and girls everywhere are excited for that night of crazy costumes, fun with friends, and spooky thrills. Why not start this month off right with a fabulous story perfect for getting your little ones, and the whole family, into the spooky spirit? The Spooky Wheels on the Bus. 


This adorable book written by J. Elizabeth Mills is a new and spooky take on the children’s classic, “The Wheels on the Bus.” Now you and your kids can read and sing along to this fun and freaky halloween themed story book. It is quickly becoming a holiday classic as it brings to mind all the great things we love about the season. Not only is it a fun story but it is a great song to sing with your kids every October in preparation for halloween. 


Make this book part of your family holiday traditions this Halloween. Bring it home and sing it loud as you learn all the great new ways that the wheels on the bus go round and round this halloween season.