Connecting With Your Kids: Making Room for Meaningful Conversations

This post on connecting with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina. Click here to see more posts from this series. With packed family schedules and a constant battle with screen time, connecting with our kids has become more and more difficult. Over the years, I […]

Holiday Crafts and Homemade Gifts

Special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. shares some holiday crafts for kids! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is upon us and kids of all ages can feel the excitement in the air. Having your children involved in making super fun Holiday Crafts can come in handy for […]

Classic Toys and Timeless Favorites

From babies to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond, Melissa & Doug classic toys are timeless favorites for kids. These classic playtime activities feature engaging themes, innovative designs and heirloom quality craftsmanship, for play time experiences that never go out of style! In fact, many of our toys become cherished playthings that are passed down from child to […]

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 […]