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 [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Painted Puzzle Magnets

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Are your puzzles missing a few pieces? Have they been loved to death? Do you want to give them some new life as a gift for a special friend [...]

Two Simple Solar System Projects for your Astronaut-in-Training

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“Back to School” time brings out an amazing curiosity in children, who look to apply what they’re learning in school every chance they can get. One topic that never fails to amaze is the Solar System: endless stars, glowing planets, and the joy of wondering “what exists out there” can make almost any child dream [...]

Melissa & Doug and the 2012 Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

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Melissa & Doug products have been selected as part of the 2012 Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. This annual publication, a free resource for parents and caregivers, features toys that encourage developmental growth for kids of all abilities. Selection is rigorous, and we’re thrilled to have three Melissa & Doug favorites included: [...]