Career Day for Kids: Exploring Occupations through Play

Career Day for Kids: 10 great ways to explore occupations! “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s a question all children seem to hear. Think about all of the exciting adult careers you wanted to have, as a child! You may have even followed your childhood dreams and be working in […]

Art on a Cart: Encourage Creativity Every Day!

Creative Play, Every Day! Melissa & Doug believes that artistic play is a wonderful way to encourage creativity in children. Guest blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home has found a convenient and inviting way to encourage creativity at her home – indoors and out. See how things you already have in your home, and […]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For […]

Product of the Week Giveaway: Round the Town Road Rug & Car Set

Product of the Week Giveaway! Get revved up for hours and hours of pretend play adventures, with our Round the Town Road Rug & Car Set! Girls and boys will love playtime spent moving around the large, soft play surface of our round the town road rug (measuring 39″ x 36″). With looping roads and […]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book […]

Mess-Free Glitter and a Weekend at the Lake

This post about Mess-Free Glitter fun with friends is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Is everyone enjoying their summer? Our family sure is! Over the 4th of July we invited some of our closest friends up to our lake cabin to spend the weekend. The truth is, we […]

Teddy Bear Picnic: A Soft & Cuddly Play Date!

It’s the perfect season for a special picnic . . . and today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack up what you’ll need for your teddy bear picnic: a yummy lunch (or colorful play food treats), picnic basket, comfy blanket, and your camera. (This will be a day for special memories!) Have each person in […]

Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Reading together is one of the most obvious, healthy, and successful ways to connect with your kids. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that message loud and clear from everyone from your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, friends and family, and every family expert source everywhere. But reading together doesn’t have to mean just the standard bedtime […]

Family Nature Hunt

This family nature hunt activity and printable were shared with us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. When was the last time you went on a walk and really “took in” all that was around you – the sights, the sounds, the smells? As adults, our lives are busy; I get that. We’re […]