Celebrating 25 Years of Melissa & Doug!

We can’t believe it’s been 25 years! It seems like yesterday we were setting up shop in Doug’s parents’ garage, as a tiny little company with big ideas about classic toys. A quarter century later, we’re finally out of the garage—and so thrilled that we’ve been able to share our toys with you! From the […]

Balloon-Themed Games for Language & Artic Practice

Need a new way to practice basic language concepts? How about different places and manners of articulation? You can do BOTH by putting a new “spin” on the Press and Spin game Bye-Bye Balloon. Speech-language pathologist Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers some clever ways she uses this balloon-themed game for articulation and language practice. Read […]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how we’ve gotten lax in […]

Letter Sounds Pictionary (plus printable!)

This back to school lesson is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Do your kids need a few refreshers after a carefree summer? They’ll love getting back into the swing of things with this family favorite! Letter Sounds Pictionary is a great family time activity that sneaks in a bit of learning, which makes it […]

6 Playful Printables to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School

As you cling to the last fleeting days of summer, somewhere in the back of your mind you know that the first day of school is just around the corner. It’s time to start moving up your kids’ bedtimes, getting those backpack hooks cleared away, and — yes {sigh} — practicing some school-related skills. We’ve […]

5 Tummy Time Tips: It’s Not Just for Babies…

Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for encouraging “Tummy Time” in bigger kids. Most parents have heard and read about the importance of giving infants “tummy time.” Traditionally, we think of this as an activity for babies, that comes along with a whole host of benefits […]

5 Easy Craft Ideas (Using Household Items!)

If you crave parent-child activities that stretch minds and develop skills, but crafts just aren’t your thing, fear not! These low-maintenance ideas won’t break the bank or your sanity. 1) Hodgepodge Collage Just the thing when your child’s room is overrun with accumulated “stuff.” Begin with poster board, construction paper, or an easel paper pad, then collect […]

Your July Summer Fun Calendar is Here!

Summer’s not over yet! Among the “Back to School” chatter and shopping, we still think there’s plenty of fun to be had! In this week’s “Summer Fun” calendar, we gathered up some of our favorite posts from the blog, including some new play ideas, to help keep your kids active and learning this week! Here’s […]

Swimming Games Round-Up (And Pool Party Tips!)

Whether you’ve got a tot you’re trying to coax to dip a toe in the water, or your kids are ready to do cannonballs off the side of the pool, we have you covered with swimming games, ideas, and pool party tips. So put on some goggles, sit back, and check out these splishin’-splashin’ pool-time […]