Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family ‘s Heart

Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family 's Heart *saving this list of autumn recipes for later

The Family Kitchen: These playful pumpkin recipes are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When the leaves start to change, so do my taste buds. Suddenly, everything pumpkin sounds delicious. While I adore pumpkin desserts, there are many [...]

5 (Actually 8) Fall Games, Activities, & Experiments

Fall Activity Round-up from Melisssa & Doug

For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on [...]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Let's PUR-Tend... A collection of Pretend-Play Activities from Melissa & Doug

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of [...]

teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

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This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But [...]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

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This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

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Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for [...]

A Teddy Bear Picnic

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This Teddy Bear Picnic Post is brought to us by Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome.com “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground…”   Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? We took our boys out last week for a Teddy Bear Picnic in advance of National Teddy Bear Picnic Day, celebrated [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

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“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]