5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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This creative way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children. Having [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

Capturing sweet portraits of childhood by playing "Fashion Show" | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

Capturing Special Realtionships

Capturing Precious Moments & Relationships

Do you have professional portraits of your family? When I was a kid, annual portraits were a way to document your family. My father also took occasional photos throughout the year with his point-and-shoot camera, but only on special occasions. The cost of film and developing photos once limited family photography. Digital cameras opened the [...]

Free Printable Checklist of Kid-Friendly SPRING CLEANING Tasks

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These spring cleaning tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina It’s time to dig into SPRING CLEANING. It is time to open the windows, shake up some dust, and freshen up the house. This year, try including the kids [...]

April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

Capturing Spring Puddle Jumping *great tips

April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and [...]

Simple Tips for Capturing Candid Family Moments

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Sure, we all love having great photos to hang on the wall and the nice family photo we send with our holiday cards each year, but the true power of photography lies in capturing a specific moment in time. The ability to preserve a memory, evoke an emotion, remember the past. And we all know [...]

7 Creative Ways to Display Art in Your Home

7 Ways to Display Art in Your Home

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been discussing ways to Capture Childhood from behind the lens of a camera. As parents of younger kids, we need to remind ourselves that these simple moments of childhood are fleeting. The primary goal of Capturing Childhood is to embrace and document theses someday-priceless ordinary activities. If you have [...]

Psst! Did You Hear the One about… Melissa & Doug?

See who is recommending Melissa & Doug toys all across the Web

You know the old expression, If your ears are burning, someone must be talking about you?  Well, our ears were positively “ON FIRE” in February! We’re so proud to spot our learning materials featured on various social media all over the web. Here are some of the ways people were “chatting us up” with helpful [...]