Make the Holidays Special :: Inspirational Pinning Challenge

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Melissa & Doug is excited to kick off our first-ever Pinterest challenge! “Holiday magic” can be hard work for moms and dads, and we’d like to help with some extra inspiration this season. Simply create a virtual pin board featuring your favorite holiday ideas and gifts for a chance to win one of four $200 [...]

Take your Fun on the Road this Holiday Season! (Traveling with Kids)

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Does your family do a lot of traveling around the holidays? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’ll be talking all about the ways families play when they’re traveling (or just pretending to travel). We’ll share our top picks for travel games, best packing strategies (start with a great kids’ suitcase!), and special posts all [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrate New Flavors!

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You know what to do: You buy healthy foods, you make sure they get their veggies, you sit together as a family. . . . But the real secret ingredient to raising healthy eaters? Attitude! To instill a healthy attitude toward food in your family, lead by example: Embrace a variety of healthy foods, let yourself [...]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

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Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s the newest tool from the USDA to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. Here are a few different ways to play: Print out My Plate [...]

Play with Your Food! (It’s “Junior Foodie Week” at blog.MelissaAndDoug.com!)

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How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Kids Vote

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With the U.S. presidential election right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to introduce kids to the topic of voting. The good news: There’s no need to get political! You can let kids vote on what to have for snack, what to read at bedtime, and even whether to take the shortcut or the [...]

Find Your Style! (Cut-and-Paste Style Board for Kids)

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Style isn’t what you wear, but how you wear it! We love exploring cool patterns to wear and toys to dress. (Any kind of playtime that give kids lots of choices sounds like a good idea to us!) But there’s so much more to true style: A child’s personal style influences out how he or [...]

Embrace Make-Believe Play this Week!

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If toddlers and preschoolers kept to-do lists, a typical day might look something like this: Give a dragon a checkup. Give a baby doll a bath. Ride a horse to India. [Snack] Get married. Travel to outer space. Drive a dump truck. Run a hair salon. Save the world. Early childhood—especially beginning around age two—is [...]

5 Everyday Tips for Building Your Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

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Happy Columbus Day! It’s been over 500 years now since Christopher Columbus landed on American shores, “discovering” the New World and laying the groundwork for another October school holiday. Whichever side of the story you’re celebrating today, we wish you lots of happy family playtime! In the spirit of discovery, this week’s blog posts will [...]