Taking Care of You

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In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, we are kicking off a new series here on the Playtime Press called Taking Care of You. Below you’ll find 8 everyday moms sharing ONE thing they do daily to take care of themselves. We know your days are busy working, kissing boo-boos, juggling laundry, making dentist appointments, and [...]

What is your child’s favorite toy?

How to capture portraits of children at play and their beloved favorites

Throughout our Capturing Childhood series we’ve focused on documenting priceless family moments but most of our tips have been about the people. Today I want to stop and consider the details. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I encourage you to stop and consider the objects that you will want to remember from your childrens’ playtime. Someday [...]

Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gifts

Kid-Made Mother's Day Ideas

Hey, DADs (and MOMs who need a gift idea for Grandma): A Handmade Card , Jewelry, AND a Keepsake Box – It’s everything you need to create a child-made gift package that comes from the heart. Perfect for Mothers, Grandmas, Aunts, or that “You’re Like a Mother to Us” special person in your life. “My [...]

Tips for Getting Mom in Photos

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and chances are if I asked you what you really wanted …. besides the quiet time to yourself to do simple things like go to the bathroom, take a shower or say, sleep past 7 am …. you would probably say a nice photo of you and your children [...]

5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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This creative way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children. Having [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

All Things Easter… A Roundup of Easter Crafts, Learning Activities & Wearables

Easter Roundup of crafts, learning activities, and wearables

Keep your kiddos busy this Easter season with print-and-use activity pages, crafts even for the “un-craftiest” of moms, Eastertime tips for parents with special needs children — and MORE! So, HOP TO IT and read on… Colorful “Butterfly Garden” Easter Centerpieces “So easy. Plop it in. Bam. Done.”  That’s the kind of ease that Blog [...]

Simple Tips for Capturing Candid Family Moments

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Sure, we all love having great photos to hang on the wall and the nice family photo we send with our holiday cards each year, but the true power of photography lies in capturing a specific moment in time. The ability to preserve a memory, evoke an emotion, remember the past. And we all know [...]

Psst! Did You Hear the One about… Melissa & Doug?

See who is recommending Melissa & Doug toys all across the Web

You know the old expression, If your ears are burning, someone must be talking about you?  Well, our ears were positively “ON FIRE” in February! We’re so proud to spot our learning materials featured on various social media all over the web. Here are some of the ways people were “chatting us up” with helpful [...]