Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last [...]

Holiday baking with kids: 7 tips for having fun and keeping your sanity!

Holiday baking

Holiday baking time! This might be my most favorite time in the kitchen of the whole year. My girls and I are drawn to the seasonal displays of ingredients at the grocery store like moths to the flame. We stock up on all flavors of chips and sprinkles and nuts for baking cookies and treats. [...]

The Family Kitchen: Simple Meal Planning for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

A Simple Meal Plan for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The week before Thanksgiving or Christmas can be utterly chaotic if you are hosting. Let’s do some simple meal planning to help you get through the [...]

The Family Kitchen: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

The Family Dinner: 5 Activities for Teaching Children Gratitude

These playful dinner table activities that focus on teaching children gratitude are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and are written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When I think of Thanksgiving the first word that comes to mind is TURKEY. I admit, I love [...]

5 recipes for little hands

5 recipes for little hands

My four year old loves to be my baking buddy. She comes to me with those big blue eyes and asks, “Mommy, when can we ‘make’ together?” How could I possibly turn down that request? When it comes to baking with preschoolers, not all recipes are created equal! So many of my personal favorites are [...]

Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family ‘s Heart

Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family 's Heart *saving this list of autumn recipes for later

The Family Kitchen: These playful pumpkin recipes are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When the leaves start to change, so do my taste buds. Suddenly, everything pumpkin sounds delicious. While I adore pumpkin desserts, there are many [...]

Keeping family dinner slow when life gets fast

Mom-tested, kid-approved slow cooker recipes to keep you fed for 4 weeks.

Anyone else out there a Soccer Mom?? (Or Football Mom, or Basketball Mom, or Dance Mom, or Fill In the Blank our Life is Just Plain Crazy Mom??) Juggling your family’s schedule and making sure everyone gets fed at the end of a long day has to be one of the most universal challenges in [...]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Let's PUR-Tend... A collection of Pretend-Play Activities from Melissa & Doug

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of [...]

Baking with kids: Crack an egg like a pro!

Baking with kids: How to crack an egg!

Spending time with kids in the kitchen is one of the most entertaining opportunities for sharing life skills. My girls have always enjoyed baking with me but this summer my 7 year old expressed an interest in upping the ante when it comes to helping out. I knew the time had come to start teaching her [...]