Weekly Blog Round-Up: Embracing Make-Believe Play!

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we challenged you to add make-believe to your family’s to-do list. And what a wonderful week it was as a result!  From an imaginary horseback ride to some fantastic play ideas posted on our Facebook page, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed this topic as much [...]

This Week on the Melissa & Doug Blog: Dance to the Music!

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Admit it: we’ve all had fabulous dance parties with our little ones. Ones where we bang on tabletops, clank on instruments, or just turn the radio up and stomp around the living room. But did you know that all this boogie-down fun also has wonderful educational benefits for your child? The power of music in your child’s [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Dance to the Music

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We love looking for ways to build key skills through play—and music play is no exception! Experimenting with volume, rhythm, pitch, tone, movement, and repetition is a terrific way to build key skills such as fine motor, gross motor, auditory discrimination, patterning, matching, and much more. But we admit: When we see a collection of [...]

Playtime Challenge: One Hour of Play

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Here’s an old quote to inspire a new way to play: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato (427BCE–347BCE) This holiday weekend, commit to spend an hour at play to rediscover the little ones in your lives. For 60 minutes, switch off phones, [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Tell the Worst Story Ever

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It’s the silliest game of one-upmanship ever . . . and a great way to lighten the mood after school, or when things are getting a little too serious! The rules are simple: The first storyteller tells the group a made-up event in his or her day. Everyone after that has to top it. For [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Play Food Is Good for You!

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Want a fun after-school activity? Get your kids involved in meal planning by using play food to act out healthy habits! Here are three of our favorite ways to play with food toys—with a lunchbox spin for back to school! Pack it up: Encourage your kids to have fun with nutrition by letting them pack [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Reward the Everyday!

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Take a day to celebrate your family by making a big deal out of even little achievements. Everyone will appreciate the applause, and your little “Olympians” may even be motivated to be extra-helpful to up their medal count! This simple Olympic Medal craft makes it easy to spread that winning feeling: Using a coffee can [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 10: Hit the Beach . . . Indoors!

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 10 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Stacy Teet. printable version It’s been a busy, fun-filled summer! Our campers have painted the world, passed the torch and even completed a TRIATHLON! I don’t know about you, but after all [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Puppet Cooking Show

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This recipe for creative play and storytelling fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy making lovely memories with your kids! -Valerie Know what’s better than a cooking show on TV? A cooking show in your own living room . . . with PUPPETS!! Using puppets is [...]