Creative Play Quick Tip: Kids Vote

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With the U.S. presidential election right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to introduce kids to the topic of voting. The good news: There’s no need to get political! You can let kids vote on what to have for snack, what to read at bedtime, and even whether to take the shortcut or the [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Scratch Art Leaves

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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 you enjoy scratch art? Do you love the look of stained glass? Do you have an overwhelming urge to combine [...]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

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Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night? Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little [...]

Stacy Shares: Going Through the {E}motions

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Talking about and dealing with emotions can be a tricky subject, but it doesn’t have to be. The Create-A-Face drawing pad really helped my daughter open up.  -Stacy   My daughter recently started kindergarten. She is a lover of animals, [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like. Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Rhythm Shakers

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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 making music? Are you in need of a super-quick craft to keep the kids busy? Do you [...]

It’s time for…the SPOOKtacular Melissa & Doug Halloween Mania Photo Contest!

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What’s YOUR child’s favorite part about Halloween? Costumes? Crafts? Spooky treats? Get ready to strut those scary snaps…because the Melissa & Doug Halloween Photo Contest is happening NOW on our Facebook Halloween Mania tab! And, the photo that receives the most votes will receive $250 in Melissa & Doug toys! (2nd and 3rd place prizes [...]

Pretend Play for “Talk Like a Pirate” Day!

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(by special guest blogger Crystal) Hello, my name is Crystal, and I am the writer of  Growing A Jeweled Rose, a children’s site where I share fun and educational play activities. I am so excited to be sharing this fun playtime with you here today! My little girl Rosie’s imagination has really taken off, and [...]

Two Simple Solar System Projects for your Astronaut-in-Training

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“Back to School” time brings out an amazing curiosity in children, who look to apply what they’re learning in school every chance they can get. One topic that never fails to amaze is the Solar System: endless stars, glowing planets, and the joy of wondering “what exists out there” can make almost any child dream [...]