Holiday Travel Recap: Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

At this point in the year, we hope your suitcases are unpacked from holiday travel and you can finally exhale! We looked over our holiday travel notes and wanted to share this recap from our friends at Simply Real Moms. Have any tips you want to share with us from your holiday travels? Write them [...]

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

This classic-toy gift guide is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina . . . Today I am honored to share with you a few of my favorite Melissa & Doug toys. In a world filled with gizmos, gadgets, and screens, [...]

10 Tips for a Memorable Family Talent Show

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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 [...]

7 Ways to Spend More Time as a Family…Unplugged

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From guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. With summer behind us and school in full swing, practices, recitals, and everything else happening in our day-to-day lives can make it challenging to spend time together as a family. It is especially difficult with all the TV’s, tablets, smart phones, and other electronics that seem to fill up [...]

Bonding over bubbles

Bonding over Bubbles | Melissa & Doug

  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more [...]

6 Grandparents Day Activities for Kids (Plus 2 Printables!)

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For today’s multi-generational families, Grandparents Day can mean more than a card or a phone call. So if your children’s grandparents are nearby – maybe even under the same roof – the ideas below can help strengthen their special bond. Or, if you’re looking for a special craft, we have some ideas for that as [...]

Work It: 3 Labor Day Activities for Kids

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Each September, we celebrate the contributions of America’s workforce. Use Labor Day as an opportunity for your kids to learn from the adults around them about different occupations and the meaning of good work. 1) Take your child to work Introduce your child to your own workplace in the days surrounding Labor Day. Expose them [...]

Stacy Shares: Back to School Bedtime Routines

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Do you struggle with your back to school bedtime routine? Have kids who are too tired to listen, eat breakfast in the morning, or make sound judgements throughout the day? Can the morning rush and/or putting your kids to bed be one of your least favorite parts of the day? It doesn’t have to be [...]

Work Through Worries with Play School

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This pretend 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     Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come [...]