Treats for Future Foodies!

Our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom, has been busy whipping up a delightful mix of the “tastiest” play ingredients for future foodies. Junior chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs of tomorrow can serve up high tea, bake up the finest in pretend play patisseries, or add some extra flavor to their favorite make-believe meals. Something fresh and new is […]

Being Thankful – An Acrostic Poem Project

Creative and educational family activities – plus a video – from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Family holidays like Thanksgiving are a reminder of all the many wonderful things in our life. Our family. A great meal to eat. A favourite stuffie. Perhaps even pie with ice cream. Gratitude isn’t just reserved for us as adults and parents. […]

Lunchbox Notes that Stick Around!

Creative lunchbox notes for lunch on the road,  from guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! As my five year old grows in his reading ability, he enjoys sounding out words and phrases he sees everywhere. This makes lunchbox notes even more exciting to put together. I can use more words! With holiday season fast coming on, […]

Terrific 25 Holiday Gift Ideas

. Terrific 25 Holiday Gift Ideas We’ve chosen 25 favorites that are sure to delight kids everywhere . . . from foodies to crafters, to vehicle lovers, to little learners, and more! It’s the season of giving, so today and each day through December 1st, Melissa & Doug is giving away one new prize from our Terrific […]

Learning at Lunch! Smarty Pants Lunchbox Notes Idea

More fun ideas for lunchbox notes, from guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! Even as early as October, packing lunches for the kids might have become routine… perhaps even a little, dare-I-say… boring? Time to change it up a little! You may not be able to switch your child’s foods because of allergies, school rules, or […]

Goal Setting and Encouraging Positive Behavior

These tips for encouraging positive behavior were contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every parent struggles with disciplining his or her children. Very often there is a difficult balance between establishing and enforcing rules. Consistency is one of the most important concepts […]

Healthy After School Snacks: Apple Treats

With so many tasty fruits and vegetables available from outdoor farmer’s markets right now, wouldn’t it be great to share those healthy goodies with kids at more than mealtime? Today our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle, is sharing 5 recipes for delicious after school snacks made from apples, over at Peanut Blossom. We think your hungry kiddos will love them! Click here to learn more about the […]

Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

Tuck a Little Treat into Your Child’s Lunchbox

→ Welcome to part two of a special series from guest blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome. Let’s learn about sharing love with our little ones during school, with lunchbox notes and treats. As the school year progresses, I get daily requests for this or that “treat” to be included at lunchtime. I’m not above indulging […]