Developing Children’s Fine Motor Skills: An Activity Roundup

Developing children's Fine Motor Skills - A Back-to-School Activity Roundup from Melissa & Doug

Today, we’re sharing a compilation of easy and engaging toy, game, and activity ideas to support and enhance children’s fine motor development. Whereas gross motor skills involve large-scale bodily movements (like running and jumping), fine motor skills are what help infants, toddlers, and school-age children control and use the tiny muscles in their hands and [...]

10 Fabulous FOOD-PLAY IDEAS for You & Your Children

10 Fabulous Food-Play Ideas for You & Your Children

As a new parent, you first tell your kids to STOP putting things in their mouth. Then, as your kids get older, you find yourself cajoling them at the dinner table, “Put a little bit in your mouth and swallow. Just try it. Please? For me?” Sheesh! What’s a parent to do? Well, today at [...]

17 Clever Ways to Re-purpose Your Puzzles

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Got a stack of puzzles your kids seem to have outgrown? Check out this collection of ideas for “breathing new life” into your puzzles by using them for storytelling, art projects, scavenger hunts, and much more! Read on for a hefty roundup of 17 clever ways to re-purpose your child’s favorite puzzles… (HINT: If after [...]

Top “Water-Fun” Ideas & Activities

Water Fun Ideas & Activities

SPLISH. SPLASH. SPLOOSH. Ahh… The sounds of summer. Need some new water activities to keep your kiddos busy, cool, & happy? We’ve rounded up our top water-fun ideas & activities for BIG-TIME SUMMER FUN! Build-Your-Own Mini-Waterpark Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen (of Inner Child Fun) shows you a clever way to have your kids create their [...]

25+ SAND-tastic Activities for Kids

25+ SAND-TASTIC Ideas for Kids

Get your scoops, pails, and sifters… and make a break for the sandbox, beach, or backyard. Summer’s almost here! Our sand-based collection of learning activities and toys will help your family have a SANDY, DANDY good time this summer. Are you READY? Get READY. Are you SET? Get SET. All that’s left for you to [...]

Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gifts

Kid-Made Mother's Day Ideas

Hey, DADs (and MOMs who need a gift idea for Grandma): A Handmade Card , Jewelry, AND a Keepsake Box – It’s everything you need to create a child-made gift package that comes from the heart. Perfect for Mothers, Grandmas, Aunts, or that “You’re Like a Mother to Us” special person in your life. “My [...]

All Things Easter… A Roundup of Easter Crafts, Learning Activities & Wearables

Easter Roundup of crafts, learning activities, and wearables

Keep your kiddos busy this Easter season with print-and-use activity pages, crafts even for the “un-craftiest” of moms, Eastertime tips for parents with special needs children — and MORE! So, HOP TO IT and read on… Colorful “Butterfly Garden” Easter Centerpieces “So easy. Plop it in. Bam. Done.”  That’s the kind of ease that Blog [...]

4 Tips to Declutter Your Toy Box {Infographic}

Handy-Dandy "How to Declutter Your Toy Box" Infographic by Melissa & Doug

Ready to de-clutter your children’s toy shelf or toy box? Not sure where to begin? Use our handy-dandy infographic (see below) to make the process a SNAP! Step #1: Pick out a toy. Step #2: Ask yourself: Did anyone play with it this week? Step #3: Find your corresponding answer — YES or NO — [...]

Give Your Kids the GIFT of GRANDMA TIME

Give your kids the GIFT of GRANDMA TIME

What childhood memories do you have of time spent with your Nana? (Or Gammy or Mimsy or insert adorable pet name you had for your grandma here.) Are your children creating everyday lasting memories with their grandma? Or do they only see her on special occasions? Well, prepare to be INSPIRED by this real-life heart-warming [...]