Stuffed Animals & Developmental Growth Benefits

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Stuffed animals are a very popular gift around Valentine’s Day, but did you know that, when you give the gift of a furry new friend, you’re actually helping a child’s developmental growth as well? Here’s how: 1)      Even very young children learn through all of their senses. Stuffed animals have a soft texture that is [...]

It’s SNOW time! 5 Snow-Inspired Activities for Indoors & Out!

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Winter storms getting you down (and giving your kids the “crazies”?) Here are some great ways to stay entertained indoors – and outdoors – when the snow starts to fall: Embrace the Snow! When the snow starts to fall, you may not necessarily need to stay indoors! As long as it’s safe (and not TOO [...]

Learning Letters with Clay Initial Hearts

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Learning letters is an exciting time for all kids, and my toddler is very excited to claim all the letter Ms she sees (” That’s MY letter!”) It was [...]

How to Host a “Sweet & Easy Valentine Party”

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We love when our guest blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) shares her fantastic recipes, creative play ideas, and more on the Melissa & Doug blog. This week, she posted some wonderful tips for hosting a Valentine’s Day party for kids that we know you, our readers, will love. In her posts, Tiffany often shares some of [...]

How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

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Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids! Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, [...]

Therapy through Play: 5 Activity Tips Using Cardboard Blocks

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A wonderful way to encourage kids to build key developmental skills is with toys! Guest blogger and mom of quadruplets (yes, you read that right!) Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus recently shared some wonderful therapy activities using our Cardboard Building Blocks. Here’s an overview of the activity tips she shared. 1)      Exploring One secret to [...]

5 Methods for Memorizing the United States

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Does your child have difficulty memorizing all 50 of the United States? Earlier today, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shared a few resources designed to help  kids not only learn the 50 states, but enjoy doing so, as well! She suggests: Educational Puzzles Using a U.S. Map puzzle, you can engage [...]

10 Must-Haves for the Dress-Up Barrel! (Plus 3 Creative Play Ideas)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. What child doesn’t enjoy pretending to be someone or something else? Dress-up play is role-play at its most authentic, and role-play for children should be just that: PLAY! As a parent, you can help facilitate this play by providing a wide variety of costumes and [...]

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors!

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Is your family experiencing some wintertime “Cabin Fever”? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared some great activities to enjoy – indoors! What are your personal favorites?  NEW Ways to Play with Your Puzzles! Does your family have a collection of puzzles lying around – perhaps ones that your kids have either [...]