Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

Guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com provided this post for the Melissa & Doug blog. Most times when my kids pull out the paint it is to create creatures, scenes, and images from their imagination. This is a great way to explore their creativity but painting to recreate something they see can also open a […]

8 Things to Prep for this Summer

This summer planning post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Olaf loves summer. And so does every child on the planet. But this season of no school and longer daylight hours can often mean more work and more planning for parents and caregivers. Here are eight of the […]

Start the Summer with Printables!

Here comes the sun – and all the terrific childhood memories that go hand-in-hand with those long, balmy days! With the playful excitement of summertime, quieter moments inevitably come along. To help fill those times with a little bit of educational fun, we’ve brought you these free summer printables for kids. Click here or on […]

25+ SAND-tastic Activities for Kids

Get your scoops, pails, and sifters… and make a break for the sandbox, beach, or backyard. Summer’s almost here! Our sand-based collection of learning activities and toys will help your family have a SANDY, DANDY good time this summer. Are you READY? Get READY. Are you SET? Get SET. All that’s left for you to […]

Celebrate Learning All Summer Long!

Now that Memorial Day has passed and summer is on the way, those long school days will soon seem like a distant memory. But don’t let everything your child learned and accomplished this year be forgotten! Melissa & Doug have hundreds of toys, games and learning activities that allow you and your child to celebrate what they […]

4 Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Every child wants something special to give as a Mother’s Day gift. These four kid-made gifts are a perfect way for boys and girls to say “I love you,” with a beautiful and one-of-a-kind keepsake. Hey, Dads (and Moms who need a gift idea for Grandma) . . . Think about a handmade card, jewelry, […]

Tips for Getting Mom in Photos

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

These creative ways to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day are 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 been […]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

These tips for gardening with kids come to us from guest blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as a family is to start a garden together. Gardening […]