Toy Fair 2016 – Countless Ways to Play!

“Toy Fair”. . . put those words together, and they stir broad smiles and imaginative thoughts in children. For Melissa & Doug, Toy Fair means getting together with friends at a gigantic sound puzzle, and sharing ideas that can inspire countless ways to play! This year at Toy Fair, Melissa and Doug got to hang out with our Blog […]

50 Valentine’s Day Crafts & Activities!

This collection of Valentine’s Day crafts & activities is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and is written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon.   Spread the love! Head to the Melissa & Doug Valentine’s Day Shop for arts & crafts supplies. You’re going to need them. Below are […]

Connecting With Your Kids: Making Room for Meaningful Conversations

This post on connecting with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina. Click here to see more posts from this series. With packed family schedules and a constant battle with screen time, connecting with our kids has become more and more difficult. Over the years, I […]

8 simple mess-free Christmas crafts for kids

Our family LOVES this time of year. Show us a Christmas project and we’re on it like tinsel on a tree. But when there’s only a few weeks to get all our festive fun in, I need to make sure we’re using our time wisely. That means easier dinners on busy weeknights, lots of online […]

A Glittery Hanukkah Craft for Kids

Our Blog Ambassador Valerie of Inner Child Fun shares how to make this glittery Hanukkah craft that’s perfect for kids! There’s so much excitement in the air during the holidays. With the lighting of the candles and the spinning of the dreidel, Hanukkah brings many special moments that the whole family can share! Keeping children involved […]

Chase away the dreary days with tropical grill recipes that make you smile

Though we are in the middle of comfort food & casseroles season, I love mixing things up and using our grill in the middle of fall and winter. When we’ve had too many chilly, drizzly, grey days in a row, our family likes to fire up the grill and make something spicy and tropical to […]

Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

Healthy After School Snacks: Apple Treats

With so many tasty fruits and vegetables available from outdoor farmer’s markets right now, wouldn’t it be great to share those healthy goodies with kids at more than mealtime? Today our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle, is sharing 5 recipes for delicious after school snacks made from apples, over at Peanut Blossom. We think your hungry kiddos will love them! Click here to learn more about the […]

4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]