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 […]

Zoo Train Party Ideas

This Planning a Zoo Train Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com .Creating custom parties for my kids has become a slight (and surprising!) hobby of mine over the years. We’ve celebrated birthdays with a car themed party, a train themed party, a farm / tractor themed party, and […]

Planning a DIY Birthday Party

Make planning a DIY Birthday Party simple and fun, with these great tips from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home. 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 […]

Quick Tips: Letting Your Kids Help in the Kitchen

Guest blogger Grace Patton of Camp Patton shares five tips on how to let kids help in the kitchen. I’ve recently noticed that as soon as my husband or I offer to let one of our older kids (ages 3 and 2) “help” us do anything, they perk right up and come scurrying over to be of assistance. […]

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 5 Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up)

This top 5 holiday–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity.  Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too.  And […]

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 […]