Val’s Crafty Corner: Let’s Play Animal Hospital

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This idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy playing with the kids! -Valerie                  Are your stuffed animal friends feeling a bit under the weather? Perhaps it’s time to open a pretend animal hospital! We [...]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

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Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night? Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little [...]

Presenting 4 Pretend Play Ideas (Using Puppets!)

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we have been discussing the many ways to embrace make-believe play with your child! From new worlds, exciting adventures, and creative arts and crafts, a child’s imagination is truly limitless. As a parent, you can play an exciting (and important!) role in helping your child in her [...]

Embrace Make-Believe Play this Week!

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If toddlers and preschoolers kept to-do lists, a typical day might look something like this: Give a dragon a checkup. Give a baby doll a bath. Ride a horse to India. [Snack] Get married. Travel to outer space. Drive a dump truck. Run a hair salon. Save the world. Early childhood—especially beginning around age two—is [...]

“Stack It Up” with Two New Toys from Melissa & Doug

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Who’s ready for stacking fun? Check out these two new stacking toys for toddlers, recently added to our wooden toy collection at Melissa & Doug! Wooden Owl Stacker Toy This colorful new creature is a wonderful playtime companion for your child.  With the Wooden Owl’s  seven wooden pieces and sturdy base, your child can practice: [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like.  Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

It’s time for…the SPOOKtacular Melissa & Doug Halloween Mania Photo Contest!

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What’s YOUR child’s favorite part about Halloween? Costumes? Crafts? Spooky treats? Get ready to strut those scary snaps…because the Melissa & Doug Halloween Photo Contest is happening NOW on our Facebook Halloween Mania tab! And, the photo that receives the most votes will receive $250 in Melissa & Doug toys! (2nd and 3rd place prizes [...]

5 New Ways To Use : Geometric Stacker

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Geometric Stackers were always classroom favorites while I was teaching preschool. They offer so many ways to teach children in one simple toy. Now that I am a [...]

Pretend Play for “Talk Like a Pirate” Day!

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(by special guest blogger Crystal) Hello, my name is Crystal, and I am the writer of  Growing A Jeweled Rose, a children’s site where I share fun and educational play activities. I am so excited to be sharing this fun playtime with you here today! My little girl Rosie’s imagination has really taken off, and [...]