Family Games: The Benefits of Laughter

Indoor fun activities, from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. We have all heard the saying “Laughter is the best Medicine” before, so what is it all about? Studies have proven that laughter can do both children and adults a world of good with its physical, emotional and social benefits. Physically, laughter can […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Family Fun!

It’s easy to keep New Year’s resolutions that are packed with fun! We think adding a dash of fun to a New Year’s resolution makes achieving that goal a whole lot more likely… and more enjoyable! Check out these kid-friendly activities, designed to make starting each new year even more special. Share Your Thoughts – […]

Try the Family Game Suspend & You’ll Be Hooked

If you take the game Suspend to a local coffee shop you’ll inevitably have people stop and ask you, “What are you playing?” The family game comes with twenty-four notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sounds easy, right? Try adding another piece and then another. Each time a bar is added, the balance […]

Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come […]

Family Game Night

This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa […]

Family Candlelight Dinner

Every Monday evening, our family plans an Italian-themed candlelight dinner. It has quickly become one of our most favorite family traditions, and a wonderful way to begin each week. The best part is that the kids can actively participate in the process of preparing the meal, and we keep things very simple! Here are a few […]

Summer Structure & Skills

This Summer Structure & Skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Although everyone breathes a big sigh of relief when the rigorous routine of school ends, we can’t forget about the importance of structure.  All children, especially those with special needs thrive in a structured […]

Best Toys Guide Names “Suspend” a Top Toy for Christmas 2012!

Recently, Best Toys Guide unveiled its “30 Hot Toys for Christmas 2012.” We were so pleased see their announcement of Melissa & Doug’s Suspend game as a featured toy! Since its release, Suspend has made waves – receiving lots of praise for its innovative approach to family fun night. Best Toys Guide calls it “THE new game to […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Tell the “Worst” Story Ever!

This creative play idea is the silliest game of one-upmanship ever . . . and a great way to lighten the mood after school, or when things are getting a little too serious! The rules are simple: The first storyteller tells the group a made-up event in his or her day. Everyone after that has to top […]