Meet our Family of Giant Stuffed Animals!

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Stuffed animals can be the most lovable and loyal of friends! With super-soft fur and cuddles galore, these snuggly buddies can bring sweet dreams at bedtime, lots of warm hugs, and endless hours of play on rainy days. Our Melissa & Doug family of furry friends has grown to include more than 150 different animals, and we’d love to introduce [...]

50+ Box Play Activities with Kids

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This box play activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Have you ever noticed at times your child is more interested in the box than the new toy? You take quite a bit of thought in a gift to give your child and many times once they [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Stacy Shares: 10 Simple Ways Kids Can Change the World

Kids can in fact change the world, here are 10 simple ways how

My kids came home with a school assignment last week asking them to think of ways kids could change the world, right now. I asked them who was already changing the world and making it a better place. My 8 year old quickly rattled off his list of everyday heroes, this included family members, teachers, [...]

When I Grow Up: Conversations with Community Helpers

Conversations with Community Helpers

This Conversations with Community Helpers post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. Children begin identifying with career choices quite early, I’m discovering. Daily, our two year old goes to the playroom and asks for his ‘Struction Worker costume. He’ll happily wear it for hours. What will they become when they [...]

Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

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This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the [...]

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 [...]