A Birthday Quest: A Tale of Knightly Deeds

Make a lasting impression on children with this creative way to teach kindness, from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! When my toddler son requested a Knight in Shining Armor birthday party for this third birthday, I wanted to make it special for him, of course, … but more than that, I wanted to make the memory […]

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 […]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made […]

Planning a DIY Birthday Party

This Planning a DIY Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Throwing any birthday party, whether a simple special dinner and cake or renting a couple hours at a play spot, involves some thoughtful planning and preparation. If you’re looking to reduce costs or showcase your […]

Stacy Shares: Planning a One of A Kind Birthday

This post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. I love asking my kids, “How do you want to celebrate your special day?”   – Stacy Birthday parties are so much fun, but what do you do when your child’s imagination doesn’t quite fit into a typical birthday […]

Yee-Haw! Hosting a Farm/Tractor-Themed Party!

Our guest blogger, Julie (A Year with Mom and Dad) is a master at hosting themed birthday parties for her kids. So we thought she would be a great person to kick-off our upcoming “Birthdays are a BLAST!” month on the Melissa & Doug blog! Her recent post shares how to host a Farm/Tractor Themed […]

Pretend Play Props – Mess Free Necklace

Written by Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald 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.” Sometimes all it takes is a great imagination, but sometimes you need some sparkle! My daughter loves her Melissa […]

3 Uplifting Bubble Games for Kids!

Bubble Colors: Add food coloring to bubble solution to create colorful bubbles! Bubble Painting: Using the colored bubble solution described above, then blow bubbles onto a piece of white poster board or card stock to make bubble art! Bubble Races: Hold a contest to see who can get a bubble from the starting line to the […]