Capturing Childhood Milestones

Capturing Childhood Milestones: awesome ideas for kids of all ages! It's never too late to start.

“It’s never too late to start.” This is one of my favorite mottos for life-long learning and I believe it to be utterly true. The same can be said of capturing childhood milestones. So your “baby” is years beyond diapers and those adorable monthly photo opps. So what? Aren’t they still the most precious thing [...]

Stacy Shares: Capturing Love on Instagram

Capturing Love on Instagram: Part of a Photography Series for Everyday Parents on #CapturingChildhood

This week’s Capturing Childhood photography tips come from blog ambassador, Stacy Teet. She’s over on her site, Kids Stuff World, today sharing some tried and true ways she’s learned to capture love on Instagram. We’re sharing a few images taken from our blog ambassadors Instagram feeds showcasing how they use their smart phones to capture [...]

5 Clever Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

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Did you know that January 29th is National Puzzle Day? Whether your puzzle preference is jigsaw, crossword, or maze, there are TONS of fun ways — for both children and adults — to celebrate puzzles. If you’re feeling puzzled about how you could celebrate this special day with your child, try these ideas on for [...]

String Art Heart – Crafts for Tweens

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I love crafting but my kids are still small so most of the crafts we make are simple and open ended. I miss more detailed tricky crafts and I am excited to share a craft aimed at tweens for Valentine’s day. This looks hard but it’s not hard, it just requires patience and more developed [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]

Capturing Sweethearts

Capturing sweethearts: Photo tips for Valentine's Day | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a playful little photo shoot of your sweethearts. I love to take pictures of the kids for grandparents as a personal keepsake for them to enjoy each year. Capturing photo card worthy pictures of your kids is a lot easier if you have a few tricks up your [...]

Celebrate the New Year with a New Printable!

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Whether it is an art project, puppet show, or this new Winter Sleigh Ride printable, we thank you for making Melissa & Doug a part of your New Year! This time of year is the perfect time to enjoy creative family activities, and kick the New Year off right. Click here to download our new Winter Sleigh [...]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family (…and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Family (and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

Has your family made any New Year’s Resolutions? Every new year offers your family a new beginning . . .  A chance to “right” the “wrongs” (or at least the “could do betters”) and do things a little differently. {Tweet this!} Today we’re sharing 5 family-based resolutions for the New Year. May they inspire you [...]

Announcing the 25th Anniversary Great Train Giveaway!

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All year-long, we’ve been celebrating 25 years of Melissa & Doug with special giveaways and events. And, we have ONE more up our sleeve before the year ends:  A very special Great Train Giveway! The Melissa & Doug stacking train is a classic, so what better way to treat our fans than by giving away [...]