Playing House: Our Perfect Morning Routine

This pretend play morning is shared with us by our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures. I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to pretend to be me. They love the idea that “Mommy” does so many things they just aren’t quite old enough for and all of my kids (my toddler […]

3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Breakfast Play Time Activities

Are your kids eager eaters, or do they tend to be a little picky? Whatever a child’s view of the daily menu, food-centered play can help expand a child’s imagination, build his or her confidence, and even encourage them to try new foods. Why not explore the first meal of the day with a little […]

Crafting in Clay: Handmade Christmas Ornaments

This handmade Christmas ornaments craft is shared by our guest blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome! My boys love the tactile experience of play dough, and since this was our get-the-tree weekend, I asked if they’d like to create some handmade Christmas ornaments out of clay to decorate our tree! My oldest son especially was enthused […]

Classic Toys and Timeless Favorites

From babies to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond, Melissa & Doug classic toys are timeless favorites for kids. These classic playtime activities feature engaging themes, innovative designs and heirloom quality craftsmanship, for play time experiences that never go out of style! In fact, many of our toys become cherished playthings that are passed down from child to […]

Treats for Future Foodies!

Our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom, has been busy whipping up a delightful mix of the “tastiest” play ingredients for future foodies. Junior chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs of tomorrow can serve up high tea, bake up the finest in pretend play patisseries, or add some extra flavor to their favorite make-believe meals. Something fresh and new is […]

Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

Glowing Fairy Bottle

Learn how to make a glowing fairy bottle, from guest blogger Sara of Bitz & Giggles. Cora, my four-year-old loves playing dress-up. I hang all of her play dresses and costumes on the bottom bar of her closet so she can easily grab them whenever she wants. Very often, the first thing she does after […]

How to Throw a Costume Party Play Date!

These tips for hosting a kids’ costume party come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! I love planning and throwing themed parties and play dates! I simply cannot resist a good theme (like a Knight’s Birthday Party or my son’s Farm & Tractor Birthday Party!). And I can’t wait for birthdays to come around each […]