Scheduling Summer Needs Before the Rush

This scheduling summer needs post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Last year I missed out on the camp of my dreams – for my son, of course. It was a farm camp. And the kids had barn and stable assignments, which I thought would be […]

Free Printable Checklist of Kid-Friendly SPRING CLEANING Tasks

These spring cleaning tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina It’s time to dig into SPRING CLEANING. It is time to open the windows, shake up some dust, and freshen up the house. This year, try including the kids […]

5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Our kids are like a blank canvas, unwittingly looking to us to help them fill this space with splashes of experiences and knowledge. Dining out is one way to add to this canvas, expanding their palate beyond the fast food family chains. […]

Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But […]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

These ideas for overcoming cabin fever are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you – with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear […]

Quick Tips: Letting Your Kids Help in the Kitchen

Please welcome Grace Patton, our newest Guest Blogger, to the Playtime Press! Today, Grace is sharing her five tips on how to let your kids help in the kitchen. I’ve recently noticed that as soon as my husband or I offer to let one of our older kids (ages 3 and 2) “help” us do […]

10 Tips for a Memorable Family Talent Show

These Talent Show tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure!  — Zina …………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Watch this! Watch this!” Are you familiar with this phrase? Kids love to show off their talents to anyone who will watch them. Why not channel all that […]

TOP TIPS for Camping with Kids

Nothing delivers “family togetherness” quite like camping. Whether you’re creating some INDOOR camping fun, or you’re doin’ the Real Deal and roughing it OUTDOORS, we’ve got loads of family-tested ideas to help you create a memorable camping adventure for you and your family — in ANY season. So get out your tents and sleeping bags […]

Turn Lunch Time Into Learning Time

This lunch time learning play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Now that it’s summer one of my favorite parts of the day is lunch when my kids and I can (usually) all come […]