One of a Kind Party: Fort Building Birthday!

These unique birthday party ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.   Not all girls love princesses, fairies, and tutus. This year my daughter hosted a small birthday sleepover with two of her closest friends. The theme? FORT BUILDING. Whether your hosting a party or looking […]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Baby Toys

As a new parent, selecting the best toys for your infant can seem like a challenge! We have compiled five tips for selecting baby toys that are sure to enrich learning and encourage creativity. They are all available at MelissaAndDoug.com. 1. Choose quality For baby’s first year (and every year after!) give the gift of […]

Fine Motor Development and Your Infant

Today kicks off a new collaboration between The Playtime Press and Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors will join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! You’ve brought your little bundle of joy home […]

Top Toy Picks For Baby’s First Christmas

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Babies change so quickly and when you are picking out their first Christmas gifts for them you want to balance toys they can use right […]

An Organized Study Area That Works

This has been a year of teaching my children to be more self-sufficient. We started with our bed time routine, then packing lunches and choosing snacks, and have quickly moved on to homework and study time. I’m happy to tell you today with a few simple steps we have turned this once hectic task in […]

5 Must-Have Toys for Baby’s First Year

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. With a million, trillion toys on the market these days, how do you know which to choose for your little ones? What toys should parents be looking for in terms of quality, […]

Stacy Shares: Planning a One of a Kind Birthday Party

This one of a kind birthday party 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 […]

Stacy Shares: Developing A Unique Style

This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How influential are you in helping your child develop a unique personal style?”   – Stacy Even at a very young age, my children responded to certain types of clothing more than others. My oldest son (6) is very […]

From the M&D Playbook: The ABCs of Sorting Play

Blocks, beads, crayons, coins, toy cars . . . As any parent knows, children can find ways to sort just about anything. One of our all-time favorites for grouping and sorting play: letter magnets! These seemingly simple toys can fuel surprisingly rich play for kids of all ages, and they’re terrific for building pre-literacy skills […]