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 [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: It’s Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day!

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Arr, mateys! We’d be scurvy to miss wishing ya a HAPPY TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Enjoy a day filled with giggles and pretend-play fun as you try out some of our favorite pirate words and sayings. A PIRATE PRIMER FROM BARNACLE BART Ahoy – hello! Aye – yes Booty – treasure Bounty – reward [...]

From the M&D Playbook: The ABCs of Sorting Play

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Blocks, beads, crayons, coins, toy cars . . . As any parent knows, children can find ways to sort just about anything. One of our all-time favorites for sorting and grouping: letter magnets! These seemingly simple toys can fuel surprisingly rich play for kids of all ages, and they’re terrific for building pre-literacy skills and [...]