5 Reading Resources for Kids!

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March is National Reading Month, so to help you kick things off in your house we rounded up our top 5 resources from the Melissa & Doug blog to help foster a love of reading in your home! Check these out for activities, tips, crafts, and more in a variety of skill levels and ages: [...]

Where did February 29th go? (4 “extra day” creative play tips)

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Just because 2013 isn’t a Leap Year doesn’t mean you can’t share some “Extra Day” fun with your child! Use this as an opportunity to sneak in a little learning about the calendar cycle; with some math, storytelling, and pattern-recognition lessons along the way. Here are our 4 creative play tips: Before you play, share [...]

6 Magical Magnetic Doll Activities For Kids!

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Dress-up dolls are a wonderful play activity, as they allow for emotional exploration, creative expression, imaginative play, and more! As an alternative to more delicate paper doll sets, our wooden magnetic dress-up sets are sturdy, reusable play companions that offer a variety of play options every time they are used! For a few play ideas [...]

Yee-Haw! Hosting a Farm/Tractor-Themed Party!

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Our guest blogger, Julie (A Year with Mom and Dad) is a master at hosting themed birthday parties for her kids. So we thought she would be a great person to kick-off our upcoming “Birthdays are a BLAST!” month on the Melissa & Doug blog! Her recent post shares how to host a Farm/Tractor Themed [...]

Presidents’ Day Bingo (Activity & Printable!)

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Written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. In honor of Presidents’ Day, I put together this fun activity that can combine money math with a bit of  presidential trivia. My son had a great time with this and really benefited from the hands-on learning. To play this game, we used the coins from [...]

From Melissa: Two Heartfelt Messages for Valentine’s Day

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked Melissa to share some thoughts inspired by the upcoming holiday! What do you LOVE most about your job?  What I love most about my job is the creation process.  There is nothing more fulfilling or exciting to me (other than having children!!!!) than starting with just a [...]

Stuffed Animals & Developmental Growth Benefits

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Stuffed animals are a very popular gift around Valentine’s Day, but did you know that, when you give the gift of a furry new friend, you’re actually helping a child’s developmental growth as well? Here’s how: 1)      Even very young children learn through all of their senses. Stuffed animals have a soft texture that is [...]

8 Creative Crafts for Valentine’s Day: A Melissa & Doug Blog Round-Up!

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During the past few weeks on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’ve been sharing some creative crafts your kids can make to celebrate Valentine’s Day! These DIY projects can be used as simple activities, or as precious homemade gifts from the heart.  In case you missed any of our posts, here’s a quick round-up: DIY [...]

It’s SNOW time! 5 Snow-Inspired Activities for Indoors & Out!

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Winter storms getting you down (and giving your kids the “crazies”?) Here are some great ways to stay entertained indoors – and outdoors – when the snow starts to fall: Embrace the Snow! When the snow starts to fall, you may not necessarily need to stay indoors! As long as it’s safe (and not TOO [...]