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

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

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

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 […]

Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out […]

Four Activities to Start the Summer Season – Indoors or Out!

The first day of summer is Friday, June 21. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these ideas are creative memory-makers for the whole family – or the whole neighborhood!    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are all you need to create a hopscotch court. […]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

Integrating therapy practice into your everyday home activities is a great way to keep your child motivated and on task. Simply following the lead and interests of your child can open up exciting possibilities for reaching countless therapy goals. Pretending to grocery shop is one way that Anchel Krishna and her husband Dilip work on […]

Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid […]

Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

These “Baking with Kids” activities are from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) My kids love helping in the kitchen, and it is such a great way to incorporate learning into everyday life! This week we baked blueberry banana muffins. Then we took the learning further with some extension activities: […]

Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three straight days. Raising healthy eaters […]