Want to be Pen Pals?

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This post is written by Melissa & Doug guest editor Anna Ritchie. Growing up, I had a number of different ‘pen pals’:  Kids from other schools as part of a writing project, neighbors or friends who moved away, or even my dolls and stuffed animals as part of my imaginary play.  Although letter-writing is, to [...]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

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Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij This gardening post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as [...]

Scheduling Summer Needs Before the Rush

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Last year I missed out on the camp of my dreams – for my son, of course. It was a farm camp. And the kids had barn and stable assignments, which I thought would be an amazing way [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

Blowing Bubbles as a Skill Builder

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When I picked my daughter up from preschool the other day, her teacher said something that perked my ears and got me thinking.  I heard her teacher telling another mom that she had the kids outside blowing bubbles.  What [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Three

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Printable Fun with Melissa & Doug continues this spring! This printable is perfect for helping little letter learners practice their skills. Simply click here to print this “Begins with the Letter A” printable, and enjoy!

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Baby Toys

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As a new parent, selecting the best toys for your infant can seem like a challenge! We have compiled five tips for selecting baby toys that are sure to enrich learning and encourage creativity. They are all available at MelissaAndDoug.com. 1. Choose quality For baby’s first year (and every year after!) give the gift of [...]

Spring Obstacle Course!

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This Spring Obstacle Course post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hurray! It looks like Spring has finally sprung! The kids have been cooped up all winter long and now is a great time to get them outside for some exercise. In nice weather, playgrounds, parks, [...]