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 [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Block Play in a Winter Wonderland

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie It seems as though my kids can never get enough block play. Whether it’s experimenting with our favorite Melissa & Doug unit block set, or creating their own pretend [...]

Stacy Shares: Simple Gift Ideas

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “For me, the best part of the holidays is spending time with family, focusing on others, and teaching my children the joy of giving.”   –Stacy Every December, the children and I transform into elves. We dream up elaborate schemes [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: 5 Kid-Made Gift Tags that Say More than just “To” and “From”

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Any holiday gift feels a little more special when topped with a hand-made card from loved ones! Add a thoughtful touch to presents and help kids get caught up in the spirit of giving with creative gift tags that are one of a kind. Here are five ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 1) [...]

Spin-Art Ornaments

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(This is a guest blog post from Adrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer’s Wife) With the holiday season upon us, I decided it was time for us to make some homemade ornaments. This is the first year my daughter has been old enough to really get into holiday craft making and thanks to our Melissa & Doug Swirl [...]

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 [...]

The “Creative Play, Every Day” Challenge from Melissa & Doug and CafeMom

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We are excited to announce that—starting today—Melissa & Doug and CafeMom are launching our Creative Play, Every Day Challenge!   For the next 10 days, we’re inviting you to explore the joys of creative play with your children! Why “Creative Play”? At Melissa & Doug, we believe that “real play”—open-ended, non-judgmental playtime driven by imagination—is [...]

Thanksgiving Thank You Cards: A Simple Lesson in Gratitude

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Teaching your children about gratitude is not easy, but Thanksgiving is a great time to try. We made these simple thank you cards to thank others for things that [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Wooden Thank You Trays

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Wooden Thank You Trays are a crafty and smart way to officially extend our thanks to loved ones.”   -Amy Being the huge Melissa & Doug fans that we are, over the last eight years we [...]