Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe

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This Alphabet Soup post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The cold weather has officially moved into the Midwest over the past couple weeks. The kids have been outside playing in the snow already and I’ve been dreaming of all of the wonderful [...]

Family Traditions

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This family traditions post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Believe it or not, it is that time of year again! Holidays, family, friends and traditions are just around the corner. Children of all ages love to hear about and participate in meaningful family [...]

Involving Children at the Family Table

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Our family has eaten dinner at the table as a daily tradition since the start of our marriage. With the arrival of babies, we brought their little carriers and seats right to the family table with us for mealtimes. There’s no [...]

23 STEM Based Play Ideas

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This STEM Play post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Encouraging the kids to get creative and delve into the world of imaginary play is an important part of childhood but the science and technology side of things is also key. I think that’s why I love the growth of the whole STEM Play movement. [...]

The Family Kitchen: Simple Meal Planning for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

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This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The week before Thanksgiving can be utterly chaotic if you are hosting. Let’s do some simple meal planning to help you get through the busy pre-holiday [...]

Back by Popular Demand: Melissa & Doug’s “Terrific 25″ Gifts Giveaway!

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Back by Popular Demand: Melissa & Doug’s “Terrific 25″ Gifts Giveaway! It’s that time of year again…and we have some fantastic news! We’re bringing back (due to popular demand) the Terrific 25 Holiday Gifts Giveaway! Launched last year as part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we had so much fun giving away our top gifts [...]

Explore the New Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop!

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. . . Ready. . . Set. . . Shop! Get ready to find the perfect holiday gift for all the kids on your list – because the Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is officially open! This online store is your go-to destination for everything you need this holiday season, from classic toys, to “wow-worthy” [...]

You’re Invited to the Melissa & Doug Holiday Twitter Party!

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  Join us for a very special “Terrific 25” Holiday Twitter party hosted by Melissa & Doug!   Who:  You and all your friends – the more the merrier! When:  Monday November 10, 8pm ET. Where:  Follow along using the #MDHoliday hashtag on Twitter How Long:  1 hour (but join whenever you can!) Why?  Get [...]

Encouraging Early Reading Skills with Toddlers

This early reading skills post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Many people know how important reading skills are for preschoolers and school age children. There have been many studies that point to the fact that children who are read to more frequently at home are more likely [...]