From Melissa: Do YOUR Kids Play with Neighborhood Friends?

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Melissa shares her thoughts on the importance of outside play for kids: “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of lazy, carefree summer days spent playing outside with neighborhood friends. No one in my neighborhood had a nanny. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s FREE babysitter — and the only way she could [...]

A Special Mother’s Day Message from Melissa

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Melissa: “What advice would you share to your fellow moms today?”  Here are some of her insights: “After going through a whole bunch of teenage years, my philosophy on motherhood changed.  But don’t fear:  This is not a tear-jerker.  It’s really just a very healthy shift on my part toward becoming more [...]

From Melissa: My Favorite Springtime Activities

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As I watch the snow drift once again lazily to the ground, stir crazy only BEGINS to describe what is going on inside my home.  Sledding has lost much of its allure, putting on all the multiple layers ALL of its allure, and the only thought that keeps us sane is the vision of running [...]

From Melissa: Two Heartfelt Messages for Valentine’s Day

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked Melissa to share some thoughts inspired by the upcoming holiday! What do you LOVE most about your job?  What I love most about my job is the creation process.  There is nothing more fulfilling or exciting to me (other than having children!!!!) than starting with just a [...]

From Melissa: The Story Behind Our Passion for Puzzles!

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In celebration of “National Puzzle Day,” Melissa shares some background on how our passion for puzzles began! Today is National Puzzle Day, which brings me back to the early days of puzzles and why puzzles were not only our VERY FIRST category of wooden products, but the dearest to my heart!!!  I am convinced that [...]

From Melissa: 3 Indoor Creative Play Ideas…With Costumes!

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Let’s face it: Kids LOVE to play dress-up! But, we believe that dress-up can—and should—be enjoyed year-round (not only at Halloween.) In fact, during the colder or dreary winter months, when many families are stuck indoors, dress-up costumes can give children the thrill of exploring new worlds right from their playrooms. A word on dress-up and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

From Melissa: My Sunny Patch Pool Toys Inspiration

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I’ve always loved watching my kids’ personalities shine as they get into the pool. There’s the toe-tester, the graceful diver, the cannonball blaster. . . . But soon after that thrilling first jump, it was always just a matter of time before they were drifting aimless and bored, asking, “What should we do now?” Swimming [...]