Teach Mama Talks: Learn and Play with Big Rig Building Truck

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “When learning is disguised as play, everyone’s a winner.”  -Amy Fantastic learning opportunities can be found in almost any part of the day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.  All you have to do is be ready [...]

Gift Guru: The Best Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

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Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and [...]

Cookie-Swap Season! Keep the Kids Involved (but out of the way!)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! 6 dozen cookies. Times two. That’s 144 cookies that needed to come out of my kitchen in 1 weekend for two separate cookie swaps I had to attend. I love to bake with my kids but sometimes mommy just needs to get down to business and [...]

Creating a Custom Gift Bundle: Arts & Crafts

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Give the special artists in your life the gift of creative inspiration this holiday season with an Arts and Crafts gift bundle! We’ve collected some of our favorite gift ideas here—all filled with art supplies and craft kits that will have them making masterpieces all year round. These presents are completely customizable, too: Just pick [...]

Gift Guru: 4 Great Holiday Gifts for Tweens

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How do you pick the perfect present for the coolest big kid in town? We’ve got the top picks for tweens and teens right here! From unplugged games to electrifying clothing and gear, you’ll find everything you need for your toughest customer. Beeposh – Color-blasted patterns inject lots of personality in every piece of this [...]

Hanukkah Craft For Toddlers (and older kids too)

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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 Get your littlest friends excited about Hanukkah by making a pretty Star of David painting. Making specific shapes can be tricky for toddlers, but this craft makes it [...]

Stacy Shares: Simple Gift Ideas

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “For me, the best part of the holidays is spending time with family, focusing on others, and teaching my children the joy of giving.”   –Stacy Every December, the children and I transform into elves. We dream up elaborate schemes [...]

Make the Holidays Special – Pinterest Board Highlights

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Have you entered our inspirational “Make the Holidays Special” Pinterest challenge yet? We have truly enjoyed experiencing all your beautiful boards so far! From gorgeous decorations to scrumptious treats, the ideas you’ve Pinned will certainly help make the holidays special for many. As part of our challenge, we’re awarding four winners with $200 each to [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: 5 Kid-Made Gift Tags that Say More than just “To” and “From”

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Any holiday gift feels a little more special when topped with a hand-made card from loved ones! Add a thoughtful touch to presents and help kids get caught up in the spirit of giving with creative gift tags that are one of a kind. Here are five ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 1) [...]