Val’s Crafty Corner: Let’s Play Animal Hospital

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This idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy playing with the kids! -Valerie                  Are your stuffed animal friends feeling a bit under the weather? Perhaps it’s time to open a pretend animal hospital! We [...]

Embrace Make-Believe Play this Week!

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If toddlers and preschoolers kept to-do lists, a typical day might look something like this: Give a dragon a checkup. Give a baby doll a bath. Ride a horse to India. [Snack] Get married. Travel to outer space. Drive a dump truck. Run a hair salon. Save the world. Early childhood—especially beginning around age two—is [...]

Stacy Shares: Going Through the {E}motions

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Talking about and dealing with emotions can be a tricky subject, but it doesn’t have to be. The Create-A-Face drawing pad really helped my daughter open up.  -Stacy   My daughter recently started kindergarten. She is a lover of animals, [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like.  Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

5 Everyday Tips for Building Your Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

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Happy Columbus Day! It’s been over 500 years now since Christopher Columbus landed on American shores, “discovering” the New World and laying the groundwork for another October school holiday. Whichever side of the story you’re celebrating today, we wish you lots of happy family playtime! In the spirit of discovery, this week’s blog posts will [...]

This Week on the Melissa & Doug Blog: Let Your Kids’ Personalities Shine!

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No two children are alike (thank goodness!) so this week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we talked about ways to nurture individualism and honor our kids’ unique ways of learning. Here’s a round-up of the ideas shared this week. To add to these ideas, please e-mail us: we’d love to hear your thoughts and [...]

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

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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 [...]

From Melissa: The Story Behind Our Magnetic Responsibility Chart

Earlier today, we discussed how to help your child develop their own personalized chore chart to reflect specific abilities and goals. We’ve heard from many of you that the Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility Chart has been a very useful tool in helping your child select (and stick with) specific goals. Want to know the [...]

4 Keys to Customizing Your Child’s Chores

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Chore: the word itself sounds like a downer, but teaching your children about responsibility and good behavior is one of the most important lessons they will learn growing up. However, as we’re celebrating in Personality Week, every child is unique–with different attitudes, preferences, and abilities. So, how do you create a chore chart that is [...]