Phone Number Learning Activities for Kids!

This post of phone number learning activities is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. One day, I left my cell phone at home by accident. Which wasn’t really a big deal to me, until I wanted to call my husband to check something and realized, I couldn’t accurately remember his cell […]

Explore the New Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop!

. . . Ready. . . Set. . . Shop! Get ready to find the perfect holiday gift for all the kids on your list – because the Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is officially open! This online store is your go-to destination for everything you need this holiday season, from classic toys, to “wow-worthy” […]

Using Play to Promote Core Strength and Handwriting Skills

These core strength and handwriting skills tips for are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When your children are playing, I’ll bet you don’t often stop to think about how important play time is for developing their handwriting skills. Handwriting . . . it’s one of those things […]

It’s MAGIC! Teaching Presentation Skills & Building Confidence in Kids

Provided by guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play). I’ve read that public speaking ranks as the number one fear in the minds of a majority of people in America, even over the fear of death and disease. With so many classes and careers in life that require public speaking, I aim […]

Personalized Gifts Have Arrived at Melissa & Doug!

Have you heard the exciting news? Personalization is now available at Melissa & Doug toys! Now you can add a name or personal message to select gifts for just $1.99! Why is personalization so great? For children, a name means everything. It is one of the first things they can recognize, read, and write. Now, you […]

Team Up with Your Kids to Master School-Morning Routines!

With the school year right around the corner (for some of you, it’s already here) now is the perfect time to practice school-morning routines. How can you get the kids (and yourself!) out the door on time? Add some planning, add some fun, and subtract some of the stress from the morning rush! PLAN Post […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: A Box Full of Surprises

The Box Girls: Box of Questions There are no wrong answers to the thought-provoking questions in these sets—just lots of opportunities to stretch your imagination, laugh out loud and get to know your loved ones better! Think you already know your friends and family better than anyone? Tackle this challenge: Instead of answering a question […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: DIY Postcards Craft

DIY Postcards Craft for Kids! Share the fun of your “staycation” with travel-style DIY postcards full of imagination! Here’s how you can make your own custom postcards, inspired by Melissa & Doug Sticker Collections:  Cut a piece of poster board or cardstock into rectangles. (To send via U.S. Mail at the postcard rate, keep them […]

(More!) Tricks for Developing Language through Play

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Playtime should be full of fun, but it’s also a super time to sneak in some language learning! Did you totally dig the last Language & Play post? Sure you did! Here are two more tricks for […]