Boredom Busting Play Prompts!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. I’m thrilled to announce a new series here at Melissa & Doug! This new weekly series will share ideas to keep your kids happy and entertained all winter long. Buy yourself a bit of time in the mornings or while you make [...]

Fan Photo of the Week + Melissa & Doug’s Instagram Round-Up!

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We are so excited about our Capturing Childhood series and we’re glad you are too. Thank you for all your enthusiasm!! Have you entered our Fan Photo of the Week contest? Enter by sending us a message via Facebook or e-mail (socialmedia@melissaanddoug.com). We can’t wait to see how you enjoy M&D toys!  Here’s a quick [...]

Capturing Childhood

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Be honest… Do you have toys sprinkled all over your living room floor right now? Or maybe a sippy cup of (now warm) milk lying on its side near the edge of your coffee table? {Yeah, I thought so.} Well, there will be a day — that will come sooner than you think — when [...]

Melissa & Doug on Instagram

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We love following our fans on Instagram! Use hashtag #melissaanddoug so that we can see all of the wonderful ways your family enjoys Melissa & Doug toys! We asked how your weekend was, and boy did you show us! Check out how these little ones are beating cabin fever:             [...]

Quick Tips: Helping Picky Eaters

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who is a picky eater?  I do!  I have a 5 year old daughter who looks at new food with fear in her eyes.  Trying to get her to let something new touch her [...]

Holiday Travel Recap: Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

At this point in the year, we hope your suitcases are unpacked from holiday travel and you can finally exhale! We looked over our holiday travel notes and wanted to share this recap from our friends at Simply Real Moms. Have any tips you want to share with us from your holiday travels? Write them [...]

Fan Friday: Featuring Melissa & Doug’s Magnetic Dress-Up Set!

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Every Friday, we share our Fan Photo of the week. We love receiving your pictures and seeing how your family enjoys Melissa & Doug toys! This week, Jay J. shared these adorable photos of his sons enjoying our Magnetic Dress-Up Set. Share your photos with us! Send us a Facebook message or e-mail us at [...]

How to Survive Sick Days with Kids

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This post is from our guest editor Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor at Care.com. Your child is sick. Whether it’s an ear infection, nasty cold, flu or stomach bug, day care or school is not an option. Neither is music class or the wildly fun playgroup you (both) look forward to every day. Instead, [...]

Quick Tips: Letting Your Kids Help in the Kitchen

Please welcome Grace Patton, our newest Guest Blogger, to the Playtime Press! Today, Grace is sharing her five tips on how to let your kids help in the kitchen. I’ve recently noticed that as soon as my husband or I offer to let one of our older kids (ages 3 and 2) “help” us do [...]