“Junior Foodie” Activity: Lunchbox Creations

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This blog post is written by our special guest contributor, Sarah from Zoe’s Lunchbox! You know the old saying, “Don’t play with your food”? Well, there’s a reason it’s an old saying. Getting kids involved with what they eat can make mealtimes more exciting, educational, fun, and perhaps, even, adventurous. Fortunately, there are all sorts of [...]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

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Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s the newest tool from the USDA to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. Here are a few different ways to play: Print out My Plate [...]

Play with Your Food! (It’s “Junior Foodie Week” at blog.MelissaAndDoug.com!)

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How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can [...]

Mystery Birthday: Who traveled the United States with a bag of seeds? (Hint: apple-related play ideas below!)

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Johnny Appleseed! He was born on September 26, 1774 as John Chapman. But, this produce pioneer earned his nickname many times over. He became famous for planting apple seeds, which he gathered from cider mills and planted during his travels. He tended his orchards on return trips, and happily shared with everyone he met. Celebrate Johnny [...]

Why Classic Toys Are More Important Than Ever

(By special guest blogger Julia Goodell) We live in a fast paced world, one in which we race to make things better and generally more complex than they ever were before. The toy industry, brimming with classic products, was quickly caught up in this process of kicking out the old and bringing in the new. [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Play Food Is Good for You!

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Want a fun after-school activity? Get your kids involved in meal planning by using play food to act out healthy habits! Here are three of our favorite ways to play with food toys—with a lunchbox spin for back to school! Pack it up: Encourage your kids to have fun with nutrition by letting them pack [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Puppet Cooking Show

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This recipe for creative play and storytelling fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy making lovely memories with your kids! -Valerie Know what’s better than a cooking show on TV? A cooking show in your own living room . . . with PUPPETS!! Using puppets is [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

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This recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy serving up lots of pretend ice-cream treats with the kids!   -Val Have you ever made cloud dough? It is so much fun!! Did you know that you can make colored cloud dough? It’s quick [...]

Trunki Suitcase Review

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Want To WIN This Prize Pack? To ENTER this Giveaway CLICK HERE Trunki Kids Suitcase   To ENTER this Giveaway with MakingTheWorldCuter CLICK HERE ends 2/2/2011 Shop Trunki here Shop Play Food Toys Food Groups Play Food Set $19.99 Cutting Food Set $19.99