Melissa’s Playbook: The Power of Free Play – and Why I Believe in It

This is the first in a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood.   Play leads to brain plasticity, adaptability, and creativity. Nothing fires up the brain like play. —Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for […]

Bright and Cheerful Springtime Garden Crafts For Kids

There’s just something magical about gardening with your kids. Planting seeds, nurturing new life, digging your fingers in the soil and creating food you can feed your family. The cherry tomatoes we grow hardly ever make it in the house! To keep the magic alive in our small backyard garden, we try to interject as […]

Create an Outdoor Game Spot

When the weather warms up and the kids want to get outside, we haul the toys out of the basement (or wherever we stored them last winter) and let them play! We have a small yard and driveway, so I try to create “zones” where they can play various games. We already have a sandbox zone, […]

3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Social Skills Developed from Tea Drinking

When our kids are babies we willingly take on the role of care provider, doing everything for them. Sometimes this role is harder for us than our kids to shake. We need to provide our kids with opportunities to learn and accomplish life skills, like tying their shoes or telling time. Building confidence is another […]

Active Playtime – Simple Games for Kids

Sometimes kids get so full of energy that they’ll suddenly drop whatever they’re doing, to go run and jump around. That urge to get up and move can happen anywhere, and at any time. Whether you’re at home, on vacation, or around town, these simple games for kids from our Blog Ambassador Valerie of Inner Child […]

15 Rainy Day Activities for Kids — Playful Ideas for Brightening Dreary Days!

This collection of rainy day activities for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. The sky is cloudy and gray, the rain is coming down and the kids are (as always!) bursting with spring energy. Take a moment to pause, look […]

Meet Our Two Newest Blog Ambassadors!

We are very excited to announce our two newest Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors! We want to congratulate these exceptional bloggers, and are delighted to introduce to you Carrie Anne Badov and Julie Kieras!   MEET CARRIE ANNE: Carrie Anne Badov is not unlike most parents, trying to wrap her head around how to raise […]

Toy Fair 2016 – Our Photo Journal

What did you do on Valentine’s Day? If you were in New York City, you might have spent the day at Toy Fair. We loved seeing so many of our friends, and want to share a few pictures and fun moments from our photo journal!               We hope you […]