Building Blocks: A Level-By-Level Infographic

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

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 […]

The Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is Officially Open!

Get ready shoppers, because your holiday shopping is about to get a LOT easier with the NEW Holiday Shop at Melissa & Doug! What’s the Holiday Shop? The Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop brings together all the best toys of the season to make it easier for you to find the perfect gift for any […]

Toy Rotation & Donation

The holidays are coming and it is time to address TOYS. Today I am over at Let’s Lasso the Moon sharing … 5 Tips for getting your child to WILLINGLY participate in donating toys. Click here to read the post. Teaching children the power of donation and empathy are important, but sometimes you just need […]

Introducing the “Terrific 25” Holiday Gifts Giveaway from Melissa & Doug!

All year-long, we’ve been celebrating 25 years of Melissa & Doug! Now, as the holidays start to approach us, what better way to celebrate than with a Terrific 25 Gifts Giveaway?   Starting November 5, 2013, we will give away one item from our Terrific 25 Gifts list (published on the Melissa & Doug website) […]

An Organized Study Area That Works

This has been a year of teaching my children to be more self-sufficient. We started with our bed time routine, then packing lunches and choosing snacks, and have quickly moved on to homework and study time. I’m happy to tell you today with a few simple steps we have turned this once hectic task in […]

Organize a kid nook in your kitchen

The kitchen is the busiest room in the entire house and never is that statement more true than during the holiday season. In the coming weeks, the kitchen will be the heart of all your celebrations and festivities–where all the prep work happens and sometimes even the entertaining itself. One of the best things you […]

So Easy It’s Spooky! Halloween Snacks For Kids.

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     As a blogger people usually expect me to make over the top holiday treats, birthday parties , and other celebrations. Nope. I am pretty chill […]

Storytelling with Stamp-A-Scene

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Here’s a simple storytelling activity you can try with even very young children who may be too young to write on their own. Melissa & Doug’s Stamp-A-Scene sets can […]