The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

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by Melissa for grandparents.com Spontaneous time spent outdoors can have benefits beyond your wildest dreams! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing outdoors. When I was young, no one in my neighborhood had nannies. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s free babysitter and the only way she could “get things done.” [...]

5 Creative Play Ideas with Stickers

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The Neverending Story Game: All family members can participate! On a blank piece of paper, the first “player” puts a sticker down and describes the scene, beginning the story. The next “player” adds a sticker and adds to the story, continuing the general story idea. This goes on until you run out of paper, ideas [...]

Pinterest Contest: Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites to Win!

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Puddles & Sun, It’s Spring Oh My! Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites and Win! Pinterest Contest! HERE’S HOW TO PIN IT TO WIN IT! Visit Melissa & Doug’s Pinterest Page and click “Follow All.” On your Pinterest page make a board titled “Spring Wish List.” In the board’s description tell us why you love Melissa [...]

3 Uplifting Bubble Games for Kids!

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Bubble Colors: Add food coloring to bubble solution to create colorful bubbles! Bubble Painting: Using the colored bubble solution described above, then blow bubbles onto a piece of white poster board or card stock to make bubble art! Bubble Races: Hold a contest to see who can get a bubble from the starting line to the [...]

Twitter Party Featuring Melissa of Melissa & Doug: Monday 3/19 9pm ET

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RSVP HERE PreTweet to Enter to Win a Trunki Prize Pack! Tweet the message below any time BEFORE our party starts (9pm ET Monday, 3/19) to automatically be entered to win a Trunki Prize Pack >> Join me + meet Melissa of @MelissaAndDoug! Twitter Party Mon. 3/19 9pm EST. RSVP> bit.ly/319mandd @melissastoys #MDparty Join Us [...]

Tips for a Successful Family Garden

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Choose plants that grow quickly. For little farmers with little attention spans, choosing the right plants is key to keeping interest high. Large seeds, such as beans, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini, are easy to plant and sprout quickly. Radishes are the quickest to grow, but the seeds are small. Cherry tomatoes are a good choice [...]

Meet Our Newest Blog Ambassadors!

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We are thrilled to announce our newest Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors! We would like to congratulate these exceptional bloggers and welcome them to the Melissa & Doug family! We are so excited to introduce to you Zina Harrington, Stacy Teet and Allie McDonald: MEET ZINA: Zina Harrington is the author  of Let’s Lasso the [...]

6 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night

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Pre-screen games. To be sure the games you play are appropriate for everyone in your family, make a “menu” of choices for game night. For younger children, you could lay out a small selection of acceptable choices, keeping games for older children (or games that tend to cause arguments) tucked out of sight. Let the [...]

Twitter Party Featuring Melissa of Melissa & Doug: 3/19/12 9pm ET

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Join Us Monday Night 3/19/12 at 9pm EST RSVP HERE You must RSVP and attend the Twitter Party to be eligible for giveaways and to claim prizes! This special Twitter party will feature Melissa! Twitter Party Tips: ___ Follow @MelissaAndDoug on Twitter ___Follow @MelissasToys on Twitter ___ Follow @TeachMama on Twitter ___ Follow @InnerChildFun on Twitter [...]