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 [...]

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 [...]

All Things Easter… A Roundup of Easter Crafts, Learning Activities & Wearables

Easter Roundup of crafts, learning activities, and wearables

Keep your kiddos busy this Easter season with print-and-use activity pages, crafts even for the “un-craftiest” of moms, Eastertime tips for parents with special needs children — and MORE! So, HOP TO IT and read on… Colorful “Butterfly Garden” Easter Centerpieces “So easy. Plop it in. Bam. Done.”  That’s the kind of ease that Blog [...]

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 [...]

5 “Play and Learn” Tips with the New Family Pet

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This post is written by Melissa & Doug guest editor Anna Ritchie. “Mommy, can we get a puppy?”  How many parents have fielded this commonly asked question? In case you caved, don’t fret. While your house may be turned upside-down for a bit, there are some fantastic learning opportunities that you can sneak-in while your [...]

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 [...]

How-to Capture GORGEOUS Moments on Your Family Vacation

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You’ve spent a lot of time and money prepping for vacation. Be sure to capture a few magical moments on your trip! Join our Blog Ambassador, Zina over at Let’s Lasso the Moon, to discuss… 3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photos Check out the tips Smart phone, point-and-shoot or DSLR camera? It doesn’t matter. [...]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you - with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear so many parents and [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers to Welcome the New Year

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas! January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount [...]