Teach Mama Talks: Learn and Play with Big Rig Building Truck

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “When learning is disguised as play, everyone’s a winner.”  -Amy Fantastic learning opportunities can be found in almost any part of the day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.  All you have to do is be ready [...]

Cookie-Swap Season! Keep the Kids Involved (but out of the way!)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! 6 dozen cookies. Times two. That’s 144 cookies that needed to come out of my kitchen in 1 weekend for two separate cookie swaps I had to attend. I love to bake with my kids but sometimes mommy just needs to get down to business and [...]

5 Classic Gifts that Never Go Out of Style

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From planes to wooden trains and other classic toys, there are certain gifts that never go out of style. This week at Melissa & Doug, we’re celebrating these classic gifts—and featuring a few new favorites as well! But first, we wanted to share our thoughts on what makes a toy truly a “classic.” A classic [...]

Holiday Tea Party: Teaching Manners & Making Memories!

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The holiday season brings a whole host of entertaining events for families. When we were little, my mom diligently worked with my sister and me to ensure we had impeccable table manners and social skills. For some reason I find myself struggling to instill those same lessons in my own small girls. While ordinary meals [...]

Stacy Shares: On Thanks and Giving

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How does your family practice Thanks and Giving?”   –Stacy As much as I would like to ignore it, my kids are getting bigger. I have noticed a direct correlation between how much bigger they are becoming and how much [...]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

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Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s the newest tool from the USDA to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. Here are a few different ways to play: Print out My Plate [...]

Play with Your Food! (It’s “Junior Foodie Week” at blog.MelissaAndDoug.com!)

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How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can [...]

Melissa & Doug Earns 2 FamilyFun 2012 Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards!

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Great news! Two Melissa & Doug products–our pink Super Hero Role Play Set and Whittle World Plane & Luggage Carrier Set–were recently named as winners of a FamilyFun 2012 Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Award! The awards were chosen by a group of family testers who played with more than 300 toys last summer, ultimately [...]

Weekly Blog Round-Up: Embracing Make-Believe Play!

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we challenged you to add make-believe to your family’s to-do list. And what a wonderful week it was as a result!  From an imaginary horseback ride to some fantastic play ideas posted on our Facebook page, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed this topic as much [...]