What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So what is #GivingTuesday? It’s a day to remind you to GIVE a favor, a treat, a donation, or a special kindness to a charity, friend, neighbor, stranger — whoever you decide — to celebrate the spirit of GIVING. The idea is for everyone to share the [...]

5 (Actually 8) Fall Games, Activities, & Experiments

Fall Activity Round-up from Melisssa & Doug

For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on [...]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Let's PUR-Tend... A collection of Pretend-Play Activities from Melissa & Doug

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of [...]

WHEELS & WINGS: Activity & Play Ideas for Planes, Trains, Cars, & More!

Wheels & Wings -Activity & Play Ideas for Trains, Planes, Cars, & More!

Does your little one love playing with vehicles? If it ROLLS, RACES, ROARS, or RIDES ON RAILS, it’s covered in this Vehicle Roundup. Read on for tips and activities relating to trains, cars, trucks, planes, buses, and more! Teaching Kids about Traveling & Transportation “Grease the wheels” for your next family trip by helping your [...]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

Developing Children’s Fine Motor Skills: An Activity Roundup

(Pinnable) 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 [...]