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 [...]

“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 [...]

Celebrity for a (Holi)day: Julia Child

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Turn your holiday season kitchen time into a parent-child play day celebrating Julia Child. Introduce your kids to the woman who introduced Americans to homemade French cooking. Begin with a breakfast of French toast, quiche, or Julia’s French scrambled eggs and build your day around Julia’s recipe for living. Be Fearless An ageless female role [...]

Favorite gifts for future foodies

Gifts for future foodies | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

It was love at first wooden bite of play cookie. My relationship with Melissa & Doug all started with their wonderful food related play sets and 4 years later our mini kitchen is simply stocked with everything a future chef would need. Whether you’re first introducing your child to the food groups or trying to [...]

The Cutest Cleaning Crew on the Block

Cleaning with Kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I am the world’s worst housekeeper. There. I said it. My dirty secret is out. My mom is probably cringing with shame as she sees me admit this to the world but there is just no way I could share tips with you about how to get [...]

It’s World Vegetarian Day! 4 Playtime Tips for Kids

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Break out the broccoli, because October 1st in World Vegetarian Day!  Even if you’re not a vegetarian or a vegan, you can still use this as a learning opportunity with your kids: Explore healthy foods, and some new nutrition tips with these four fun crafts. 1) Craft up some vegetables.  Use construction paper, glue and [...]

Quick Tips: Making Friends With Food

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Remind kids (and yourself) why good food is good. Here are some tips for helping kids know…that Food is Good! Tie food to things your child cares about. Explain that protein in lean meats builds muscle and strength for sports. Whole grains and the vitamins in fruits and vegetables help our brains focus in school. [...]

Nutritious choices for the lunch line

Nutrition in School Lunches

At the beginning of last year’s school year I was the Queen of Packed Lunches. My kindergardener would skip off to school each day with nutritious and varied treats in her bag each day. And then winter came. Cold and flu season rocked our world. I was exhausted, we were stressed, and lunches became a [...]