Capturing Childhood Milestones

Capturing Childhood Milestones: awesome ideas for kids of all ages! It's never too late to start.

“It’s never too late to start.” This is one of my favorite mottos for life-long learning and I believe it to be utterly true. The same can be said of capturing childhood milestones. So your “baby” is years beyond diapers and those adorable monthly photo opps. So what? Aren’t they still the most precious thing [...]

How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your Heart

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You’re standing there watching how adorable your child is and you think, “I have the cutest kid on the planet.” Yet, when you download the photo to your computer or look through the pictures on your phone, they don’t seem to capture the essence of the moment. Below are 7 simple tips that will help [...]

Stacy Shares: Capturing Love on Instagram

Capturing Love on Instagram: Part of a Photography Series for Everyday Parents on #CapturingChildhood

This week’s Capturing Childhood photography tips come from blog ambassador, Stacy Teet. She’s over on her site, Kids Stuff World, today sharing some tried and true ways she’s learned to capture love on Instagram. We’re sharing a few images taken from our blog ambassadors Instagram feeds showcasing how they use their smart phones to capture [...]

Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

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To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out [...]

Stacy Shares: Cool Tips for Summer Days

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Is summer in full effect at your house yet? The later mornings, the ease of a more relaxed schedule, the all-too familiar sound of the most two repeated phrases during summertime – “I’m Bored!” and/or “I’m Hungry“. My post today will help you nip both those phrases in the bud, teach some simple kitchen lessons, [...]

5 Cool NEW Ways to Play with Puzzles (Yes, the Ones You Already Have!)

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Does your family have a stockpile of puzzles? Chances are, your kids have either outgrown some, or have memorized the others!! You may need a little puzzle-refresh, and our Blog Ambassador Amy (teachmama) has some great ideas for doing just that. In her recent blog post, 5 cool, new! Ways to play with puzzles, she [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Learn and Play with Big Rig Building Truck

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “When learning is disguised as play, everyone’s a winner.”  -Amy Fantastic learning opportunities can be found in almost any part of the day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.  All you have to do is be ready [...]

Stacy Shares: Simple Gift Ideas

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “For me, the best part of the holidays is spending time with family, focusing on others, and teaching my children the joy of giving.”   –Stacy Every December, the children and I transform into elves. We dream up elaborate schemes [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Watercolor-Resist Paintings

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This idea for creative fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some painting fun with your kids! -Valerie Does your child love to paint? Have you tried watercolor-resist paintings before? Are you ready to combine beautiful Autumn leaves with colorful works of art?? Then this [...]