4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

A Guide to Counting Activities

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This “A Guide to Counting Activities” post is brought to us by Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome.com Preschoolers are extremely interested in counting. They want to know how many snacks they’re getting, how many minutes they have to take a nap, how many days until their next birthday. Building counting activities into your preschoolers day can be easy [...]

Give the gift of Classic Toys this Back to School Season!

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Melissa & Doug classic toys are carefully crafted with children in mind – each toy has an innovative design, classic and dynamic colors, and cheerful graphics. Created to stimulate creative play every day, these classic toys are beloved by children and caretakers alike.   Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks are a tremendous value. Made of premium, [...]

Play with your Food – and Learn!

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Looking for a little mealtime fun, without the mess? Melissa & Doug Food Play sets are the perfect way to introduce new foods to your little one – and even practice preparing and serving food! Cutting Food – Wooden Play Food is an award-winning toy, complete with “crunching” cutting sounds! Use the small cutting board [...]

Shopping Cart & Play Food Giveaway!

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We just can’t wait any longer to share it . . . It’s our Shopping Cart & Play Food Giveaway! Play food is such a great “recipe” for learning and pretend play. So, we’ve put together a bundle – actually we’ve filled our Shopping Cart - with some of our most irresistible play food sets! ENTER TO WIN One lucky winner [...]

Summer Birthday Parties

Summer Birthday Party Ideas from Melissa and Doug

This Summer Birthday Party idea is brought to us by Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It   Does your child have a summer birthday? Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate without having to host a swim birthday party? Here’s a Birthday Party idea for kids that will keep them moving all year [...]

The Grocery Store Game

The Grocery Store Game for Preschoolers

This post was sponsored by Melissa & Doug, and brought to us by guest blogger Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus. Our kids love the grocery store. I mean, love the grocery store.  I think it’s the combination of riding in the grocery carts, holding the different items as they make it into the basket, and seeing all of the [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ FINAL WEEK!

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Summer vacation is more than halfway through! If you’re looking for new ways to engage and entertain your child, we’d like to offer our help in this final week of our Summer Fun Calendar! This week is packed with ways to enjoy quiet time, educational play activities, and how to bring the beach to your own backyard – thanks to your favorite [...]

Hands Free Kids

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Are you getting tired of looking at the top of your kids’ heads as they look down to play their electronics? Have you had enough of talking to kids only to get no response because they are so immersed in [...]