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) […]

talking about daylight saving with kids: turn and tell clock

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. For many parents, Daylight Saving Time is a totally uninvited, unwelcome guest. With a simple flick of the clock hands, we magically “spring” forward or “fall” back.  And our children’s fragile sleep […]

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 […]

Simple Ways To Get Organized For Lunch Time

For longer than I’d like to admit …. my storage cabinet has been crammed full of every cute and colorful storage container I could get my hands on at an affordable price. Things literally fell out when you opened the door! I knew I had to whip this space into shape and get things going […]

Stacy Shares: Take Dress-Up Up A Notch!

I have a confession to make … we aren’t huge Halloween people. We don’t eat lots of sugar (no white sugar at all actually), or take candy from strangers! Just kidding — we do trick or treat, but when we get home we give it all back out to cute kids in costume who knock […]

Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out […]