Stacy Shares: A Valentine’s Quest

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “One of the best parts of being a mom is finding ways to make learning and life lessons fun.”   –Stacy It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d share a fun little quest we’ve been working on this month. We [...]

How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

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Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids! Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, [...]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

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(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up [...]

10 Must-Haves for the Dress-Up Barrel! (Plus 3 Creative Play Ideas)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. What child doesn’t enjoy pretending to be someone or something else? Dress-up play is role-play at its most authentic, and role-play for children should be just that: PLAY! As a parent, you can help facilitate this play by providing a wide variety of costumes and [...]

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors!

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Is your family experiencing some wintertime “Cabin Fever”? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared some great activities to enjoy – indoors! What are your personal favorites?  NEW Ways to Play with Your Puzzles! Does your family have a collection of puzzles lying around – perhaps ones that your kids have either [...]

From Melissa: 3 Indoor Creative Play Ideas…With Costumes!

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Let’s face it: Kids LOVE to play dress-up! But, we believe that dress-up can—and should—be enjoyed year-round (not only at Halloween.) In fact, during the colder or dreary winter months, when many families are stuck indoors, dress-up costumes can give children the thrill of exploring new worlds right from their playrooms. A word on dress-up and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]