Storytelling with Peg Puzzles

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This Storytelling with Peg Puzzles post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Children love to tell stories, imitating and re-enacting their lives and stories they’ve enjoyed hearing. While at play with trains and trucks, my son often narrates events as he constructs, destructs, and reconstructs his [...]

Winter Scavenger Hunt

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated.  The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

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Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars! Using her Print Your Own [...]

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 [...]