Travel Printable for Kids!

Traveling in the winter can mean packing different clothes, shoes and accessories than during the summer time. Help kids have fun preparing for wintertime travel with this handy printable! Simply click on the printable below to print out the copies you need, then add your favorite crayons, pencils or markers. Happy travels! ~Your friends at Melissa & Doug […]

Terrific 25 Holiday Gift Ideas

. Terrific 25 Holiday Gift Ideas We’ve chosen 25 favorites that are sure to delight kids everywhere . . . from foodies to crafters, to vehicle lovers, to little learners, and more! It’s the season of giving, so today and each day through December 1st, Melissa & Doug is giving away one new prize from our Terrific […]

Visit the Melissa & Doug Holiday Gift Shop!

Here come the holidays! Children dream year-round of this magical season, and at Melissa & Doug we’re serving up lots of cheer in our Holiday Gift Shop! What’s Inside Melissa & Doug’s Holiday Gift Shop? We’ve filled our gift shop with the newest and most-loved Melissa & Doug products, from pretend play to puzzles, from […]

Learning at Lunch! Smarty Pants Lunchbox Notes Idea

More fun ideas for lunchbox notes, from guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! Even as early as October, packing lunches for the kids might have become routine… perhaps even a little, dare-I-say… boring? Time to change it up a little! You may not be able to switch your child’s foods because of allergies, school rules, or […]

Glowing Fairy Bottle

Learn how to make a glowing fairy bottle, from guest blogger Sara of Bitz & Giggles. Cora, my four-year-old loves playing dress-up. I hang all of her play dresses and costumes on the bottom bar of her closet so she can easily grab them whenever she wants. Very often, the first thing she does after […]

How to Throw a Costume Party Play Date!

These tips for hosting a kids’ costume party come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! I love planning and throwing themed parties and play dates! I simply cannot resist a good theme (like a Knight’s Birthday Party or my son’s Farm & Tractor Birthday Party!). And I can’t wait for birthdays to come around each […]

Halloween Costume Giveaway!

Smiling little faces will soon be going door to door, singing out the words, “Trick or Treat!” We can hardly wait, and want to join in on the adventure by bringing you our very special Halloween costume giveaway! To celebrate Halloween, we’re giving away seven of our amazing role play sets for kids. Because Melissa & […]

Setting Goals with Kids – Making Achievement Visible!

These creative tips for setting goals with kids come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! From birth, we cheer when our kids reach milestones like walking and talking. As they grow, we move on to milestones that are self-directed (or parent directed). Teaching kids to set goals and achieve them can be a delicate balancing […]

Goal Setting and Encouraging Positive Behavior

These tips for encouraging positive behavior were contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every parent struggles with disciplining his or her children. Very often there is a difficult balance between establishing and enforcing rules. Consistency is one of the most important concepts […]