Spin-Art Ornaments

scratchartleaves1.jpg

(This is a guest blog post from Adrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer’s Wife) With the holiday season upon us, I decided it was time for us to make some homemade ornaments. This is the first year my daughter has been old enough to really get into holiday craft making and thanks to our Melissa & Doug Swirl [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Make a Fashion Inspiration Board

fashioninspiration4a.jpg

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Do your kids enjoy creating their own fashions? Are they always seeking out the latest trends? Do they have their own unique sense of style? Then this crafty activity [...]

Holiday Tea Party: Teaching Manners & Making Memories!

holidaytea05.jpg

The holiday season brings a whole host of entertaining events for families. When we were little, my mom diligently worked with my sister and me to ensure we had impeccable table manners and social skills. For some reason I find myself struggling to instill those same lessons in my own small girls. While ordinary meals [...]

The “Creative Play, Every Day” Challenge from Melissa & Doug and CafeMom

cafemom_creativeplay-5.jpg

We are excited to announce that—starting today—Melissa & Doug and CafeMom are launching our Creative Play, Every Day Challenge!   For the next 10 days, we’re inviting you to explore the joys of creative play with your children! Why “Creative Play”? At Melissa & Doug, we believe that “real play”—open-ended, non-judgmental playtime driven by imagination—is [...]

Stacy Shares: On Thanks and Giving

thanks_and_giving.jpg

This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How does your family practice Thanks and Giving?”   –Stacy As much as I would like to ignore it, my kids are getting bigger. I have noticed a direct correlation between how much bigger they are becoming and how much [...]

Thanksgiving Thank You Cards: A Simple Lesson in Gratitude

melissa-and-doug-thank-you-cards.jpg

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.” Teaching your children about gratitude is not easy, but Thanksgiving is a great time to try. We made these simple thank you cards to thank others for things that [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Wooden Thank You Trays

wooden-thank-you-trays-cover-b.jpg

This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Wooden Thank You Trays are a crafty and smart way to officially extend our thanks to loved ones.”   -Amy Being the huge Melissa & Doug fans that we are, over the last eight years we [...]

Happy Thanksgiving Week! (The View from the Kids’ Table)

8108058_s.jpg

We love Thanksgiving! What a special time to come together, reflect on the happiness in our lives, make handprint turkeys…. Most of all, it’s so much fun to focus on the best things in life: our family and friends! In that spirit, this week we’re shining a spotlight on our friends across the country with [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: Traveling with Kids

travelingkidspost1.jpg

For all you traveling families this holiday season, this week we’ve been sharing some tips and activities on the Melissa & Doug blog to help keep the kids entertained (and you sane!) while on the road. In case you missed any of this week’s Travel posts, here’s a quick roundup!  To add to these ideas, [...]