Capturing Childhood: First Day of School Photos

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School bells are ringing! Whether your little one is starting kindergarten this year or they’re simply getting back into the swing of things, Melissa & Doug believes the first day of school is something to be celebrated. Our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, is over at Let’s Lasso the Moon this week sharing tips on ensuring you [...]

Back to School Giveaway! Week 1

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We want the words “Back to School” to give people a reason to smile. So, we’re offering 26 days of Back to School Giveaways! That’s right. Starting today, and through August 28th, we will offer a new prize every day, during our Back to School Flash Giveaway! 26 giveaway days . . . 26 giveaway [...]

Product of the Week Giveaway: Snake Jumbo Stuffed Animal

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Snake Jumbo Stuffed Animal Giveaway! Explore the “wild” side of stuffed animal play, with a lovable toy boa constrictor – that likes to be hugged back! Imagine curling up to read a favorite bedtime story with this exotic friend! Over 14 feet long – and every inch a cuddler – this coiled snake stuffed animal [...]

Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

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This post about transitioning into the school year is contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time [...]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For [...]

Product of the Week Giveaway: Round the Town Road Rug & Car Set

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Product of the Week Giveaway! Get revved up for hours and hours of pretend play adventures, with our Round the Town Road Rug & Car Set! Girls and boys will love playtime spent moving around the large, soft play surface of our round the town road rug (measuring 39″ x 36″). With looping roads and [...]

Sweet Treats Printable Activity Pages

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It seems like everyone loves something sweet to eat, whether it’s ice cream, cookies, chocolate milk or some other favorite treat. Whether summer, winter, spring or fall, it’s easy to find a reason to celebrate with delectable sweet treats. We want to get in on some of the fun with these two free (and calorie-free) [...]

Handprint Painting Craft for Ice Cream Day!

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This ice cream-inspired, handprint painting craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. I remember when letting my toddler use paints gave me the shivers! Now we happily embrace the mess of paints to create all sorts of pictures and crafts. I love to have my boys paint outside, because the mess [...]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

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Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book [...]