6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The Superbowl is around the corner. This annual event has almost become a national holiday, bringing families together over the game and, of course, FOOD. Below [...]

3 Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

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This sleeping tips post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who has trouble sleeping? Sleep is so important for our children to stay healthy, learn, and participate in their daily tasks (not to mention that we parents function better when our kids are sleeping well!!). I [...]

Making Handmade Instruments

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. We have a piano in our home. And as noisy as it gets, nothing is more thrilling to my heart than to hear my toddler and preschooler banging (gently!) on the keys and singing at full volume. Watching my children [...]

Introducing exotic flavors to kids

Introducing kids to new flavors

Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese. Repeat. Does that sound familiar? I know that if I put my kids in charge of meal planning, that is pretty much what our weeks would look like. Every Single Week. Thankfully, they’re not the ones in charge but knowing full well their preferences it can be all [...]

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies Recipe

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to serve a full array of family-friendly appetizers in place of dinner on New Year’s Eve. My kids [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

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This New Year’s Resolutions post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. It is that time of year again, time to make changes and decide on a New Year’s Resolution! Children will be excited about this idea as well. Include them in on the fun, [...]

10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

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This stress-free family road trip post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Let me ask, how many of you will be traveling in the next few weeks over the holidays? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit during the holiday season, and this year at the [...]

Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last [...]

Home for the Holidays

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This holidays post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children love being a part of the hustle and bustle of holiday season. Often the adults get wrapped up in gift buying, menu planning and preparing for family to visit. Many children can often feel [...]