Meet our Family of Giant Stuffed Animals!

Stuffed animals can be the most lovable and loyal of friends! With super-soft fur and cuddles galore, these snuggly buddies can bring sweet dreams at bedtime, lots of warm hugs, and endless hours of play on rainy days. Our Melissa & Doug family of furry friends has grown to include more than 150 different animals, and we’d love to introduce […]

Daylight Saving Time – Changing the Clock!

This Sunday marks the beginning of what’s known as “Daylight Saving” time, when most people in the United States will move the time on their clocks ahead by one hour (the time officially changes at 2:00 am on Sunday). In recent years it may have become simpler to make the change to Daylight Saving because so many clocks are automatically updated, like on cell phones, tablets, etc. […]

Helping Kids Learn to Wait!

This post about helping kids learn to wait is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What did we ever do before smart phones and the Internet? Everything we need to know is now at our fingertips! Do you even remember the days before we had DVR and […]

Loving Language! Exploring Language-Based Play

This post about language-based play is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children of all ages could use extra support and practice in the area of language development. A great way to sneak in some practice is to play with your children! Believe it or […]

Dot Art – Pointillism Techniques for Kids

This pointillism dot art post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. The dot. The simplest of art shapes. Even if your child doesn’t consider themselves an artist, I bet they can make their dot on this world! Pointillism, the use of small dots placed close together to create an image, […]

A Beginner’s Guide to the Tactile Sensory System

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for a parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the second edition in this six month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to […]

DIY Meditation Chain

This DIY post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from You’ve probably heard that meditation offers many health benefits from improved concentration and reduced stress. It’s one reason I made trying meditation my challenge for January. The practice has also shown benefits for children too. As I’ve discovered, focus can be the hardest part of meditation […]

50+ Box Play Activities with Kids

This box play activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Have you ever noticed at times your child is more interested in the box than the new toy? You take quite a bit of thought in a gift to give your child and many times once they […]

Valentine mail bags: super-cute, sweet and simple

This creative way of bringing some personalized fun and creativity to Valentine’s Day is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   I have been a Classroom Parent now for almost five years, and each year, I am not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day Mail Bags. Some years, […]