“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Let's PUR-Tend... A collection of Pretend-Play Activities from Melissa & Doug

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of [...]

Playing is Learning!!

Mom & Daughter

This playtime and skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every day fun and play with our children can be one of the best learning tools out there! Children love the attention of their parents and love to play with them. However, what [...]

Baking with kids: Crack an egg like a pro!

Baking with kids: How to crack an egg!

Spending time with kids in the kitchen is one of the most entertaining opportunities for sharing life skills. My girls have always enjoyed baking with me but this summer my 7 year old expressed an interest in upping the ante when it comes to helping out. I knew the time had come to start teaching her [...]

Life Lessons Kids Learn with a Dollhouse

Life Lessons Kids Learn with  a Doll House

This Playtime Press Post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It.   Playtime is one of the most important things of childhood. Imaginary play with has been a welcomed addition to our house now that my youngest turned 3. She and her big sister have created a whole other world by [...]

teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

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This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But [...]

WHEELS & WINGS: Activity & Play Ideas for Planes, Trains, Cars, & More!

Wheels & Wings -Activity & Play Ideas for Trains, Planes, Cars, & More!

Does your little one love playing with vehicles? If it ROLLS, RACES, ROARS, or RIDES ON RAILS, it’s covered in this Vehicle Roundup. Read on for tips and activities relating to trains, cars, trucks, planes, buses, and more! Teaching Kids about Traveling & Transportation “Grease the wheels” for your next family trip by helping your [...]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

Environmental Print in Road Signs

This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

The Family Kitchen + 7 Tips for a Calm Dinner (From Parents)!

Tips for a Calm Dinner: & suggestions from parents *great list of ideas

What’s for dinner tonight? The time and effort that goes into planning a family dinner can be exhausting. To help with this struggle, Melissa & Doug is collaborating with three creative parents to provide you the ultimate family kitchen resource. The family dinner table is a great a place to connect with your kids. The [...]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]