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 [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: Traveling with Kids

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For all you traveling families this holiday season, this week we’ve been sharing some tips and activities on the Melissa & Doug blog to help keep the kids entertained (and you sane!) while on the road. In case you missed any of this week’s Travel posts, here’s a quick roundup!  To add to these ideas, [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Hand Stamped Memory Game

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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 Kids love to play games, and games are even more fun when you can make them yourself! This little project combined two of my daughter’s favorite activities — playing [...]

4 NEW Travel Activity Books for Kids from Melissa & Doug!

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This just in! For all you crazed holiday travelers, we’re excited to unveil these four NEW travel activity books, recently added to our website! (P.S. They’d make nifty stocking stuffers too!) About our “Color-N-Carry” Travel Activity Books: Color-N-Carry books are a travel toy and art activity in one! Each set has a built-in set of markers [...]

5 Fun Fall Activities to Embrace (Before Winter Comes!)

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This post is from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom and Dad Autumn. One of my favorite times of year – the fiery bursts of color. The kiss of crisp air. The tickle of leaves. With the excitement of a toddler discovering the changing seasons, we’ve been on a mission to [...]

5 Travel Strategies for Families

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re sharing all the ways your family can stay entertained (and sane) while traveling during the holidays. Today, we have 5 easy activities for your kids to enjoy while on-the-go! What would you add to this list? E-mail your suggestions or family travel photos to socialmedia@MelissaAndDoug.com for a [...]