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 [...]

Parents’ Corner Question: “How do you get your KIDS to eat their VEGGIES?”

16 Mom-tested Tips to Get Your Kids to EAT their VEGGIES

We asked parents on our Facebook page to share their tips on getting more veggies into their children’s diets… and more importantly, into their MOUTHS. Here’s a sampling of some of the clever — and sometimes downright STEALTHY — food-prep ideas you shared with us: Dip in organic yogurt with sprinkles!! — Allison Wilson Wright [...]

Psst! Did You Hear the One about… Melissa & Doug?

See who is recommending Melissa & Doug toys all across the Web

You know the old expression, If your ears are burning, someone must be talking about you?  Well, our ears were positively “ON FIRE” in February! We’re so proud to spot our learning materials featured on various social media all over the web. Here are some of the ways people were “chatting us up” with helpful [...]

Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

Turn your cellar space into an indoor marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But [...]