How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

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Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids! Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, [...]

Therapy through Play: 5 Activity Tips Using Cardboard Blocks

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A wonderful way to encourage kids to build key developmental skills is with toys! Guest blogger and mom of quadruplets (yes, you read that right!) Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus recently shared some wonderful therapy activities using our Cardboard Building Blocks. Here’s an overview of the activity tips she shared. 1)      Exploring One secret to [...]

Create-Your-Own Puzzle Printable (Plus 3 Activity Tips!)

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It’s National Puzzle Day! In addition to playing with the puzzles you already own, download and print this puzzle-themed activity sheet! Here are some ways to enjoy this free printable: 1) Create a one-of-a-kind puzzle: Ask your child to color the sheet using crayons or markers. Then, using child-safe scissors, have the child cut (or, depending [...]

From Melissa: The Story Behind Our Passion for Puzzles!

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In celebration of “National Puzzle Day,” Melissa shares some background on how our passion for puzzles began! Today is National Puzzle Day, which brings me back to the early days of puzzles and why puzzles were not only our VERY FIRST category of wooden products, but the dearest to my heart!!!  I am convinced that [...]

5 Methods for Memorizing the United States

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Does your child have difficulty memorizing all 50 of the United States? Earlier today, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shared a few resources designed to help  kids not only learn the 50 states, but enjoy doing so, as well! She suggests: Educational Puzzles Using a U.S. Map puzzle, you can engage [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Deal Round-Up: Free Personalization Offer and “Valentine Puppy” Gift with Purchase!

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Check out our Weekly Deal Round-Up for the great specials happening this weekend at MelissaAndDoug.com! Here’s a quick overview: FREE Gift with Purchase – Valentine Puppy! For a limited time only, all orders over $50 will receive an adorable Valentine Puppy stuffed animal – free!  A $14.99 value, this adorable yellow lab has a soft, [...]

Hot Chocolate Sensory Craft for Kids (and Printable!)

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Here’s a quick and easy sensory craft that kids can complete while Mom or Dad makes some real hot chocolate to warm up the family! You’ll need: Hot Chocolate Mix or Powdered Chocolate Milk Mix Hot Chocolate Printable Sugar Glue Child-Safe Scissors Cotton Balls Instructions Download and print out our Hot [...]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

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(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up [...]

4 NEW Toys for Travel (Plus Easy “On-the-Go” Tips!)

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We like our readers to be the FIRST to know about the new products on MelissaAndDoug.com! With long weekends and Spring Breaks coming in the months ahead, we thought we’d share some of the latest travel toys to join our collection. Check them out and tell us:  What are your favorite ways to keep kids [...]