4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Career Day for Kids: Exploring Occupations through Play

Career Day for Kids: 10 great ways to explore occupations! “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s a question all children seem to hear. Think about all of the exciting adult careers you wanted to have, as a child! You may have even followed your childhood dreams and be working in […]

Fine Motor Development: Birth to 3 Years

This information about fine motor development is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I remember like it was yesterday when my kids took their first steps. I also remember the first time I walked in to get them out of their cribs and realized they had learned to roll […]

Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether […]

Lunchbox Note Ideas: Scratch Art Sayings

→ During the coming months, guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome will help us share love with our little ones throughout the school day, with her creative lunchbox note ideas! We hope you enjoy this special series from Julie. Last year was my first experience packing lunches for my little boys, as we did our first […]

Art on a Cart: Encourage Creativity Every Day!

Creative Play, Every Day! Melissa & Doug believes that artistic play is a wonderful way to encourage creativity in children. Guest blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home has found a convenient and inviting way to encourage creativity at her home – indoors and out. See how things you already have in your home, and […]

Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

This post about transitioning into the school year is contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time […]

Handprint Painting Craft for Ice Cream Day!

This ice cream-inspired, handprint painting craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. I remember when letting my toddler use paints gave me the shivers! Now we happily embrace the mess of paints to create all sorts of pictures and crafts. I love to have my boys paint outside, because the mess […]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book […]