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 [...]

How Do You Keep Your Kids Clothes Organized?

How Moms Keep Their Kids Clothes Organized

It’s the question we all want to know, how are other moms tackling all of those tiny socks and stack of pajama pants? Do they have a tried and true secret the rest of use don’t know about? I asked ten moms one simple question, What works for you, how do you keep your kids clothes [...]

Building Blocks: A Level-By-Level Infographic

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If you loved building blocks as a kid, you probably want to pass on the joy of playing with blocks to a child you know. Our new Building Blocks Infographic is the perfect tool to help you decide which blocks are right for that special child on your list. Plus, we’ve included play tips for every age in our handy guide; [...]

Festive in 5 minutes

Festive tables for kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

How many of you remember sitting at a wobbly card table in a squashed corner of a dining room longingly gazing at the big people’s table with all it’s fancy finery on Thanksgiving? I’m sure I’m not alone in this classic kid memory. This year marks the very first year our family & guest size [...]