Your Turn to Share: Self-Regulation Skills

Here’s a simple way to help kids with taking turns and sharing, from our Blog Ambassador Carrie Anne of EverythingMom. When your child finds a toy she loves to use it can be hard to give it up and share, especially when there’s only one version of it available. This can often lead to us as parents stepping […]

Counting Activities for Preschoolers

These colorful counting activities for preschoolers are shared with us by guest blogger Angela Thayer of TeachingMama.org. Teaching children to count is foundational for learning math. The best way to teach little ones is through play and hands-on counting activities. When I saw this counting caterpillar toy, I knew it was a perfect tool for […]

Puzzle Free Play: Sensory Play and a Scavenger Hunt!

Puzzle free play activities from guest blogger Jamie of Hands On As We Grow! Puzzles are an amazing toy for kids of all ages. We absolutely love doing puzzles in our house, from super simple puzzles to 500-1000 piece puzzles with my 8 year old. What I love about the simple puzzles from Melissa & Doug […]

Playing House: Our Perfect Morning Routine

This pretend play morning is shared with us by our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures. I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to pretend to be me. They love the idea that “Mommy” does so many things they just aren’t quite old enough for and all of my kids (my toddler […]

3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Building Sibling Relationships through Play

Every parent hopes that when child number two (or child number three, or child number . . . ) enters the family, the kids will be caring and kind to each other. We all want happy sibling relationships in our home. Yet, stressful moments between children can occur in any family, at any time. So, […]

Toy Fair 2016 – Countless Ways to Play!

“Toy Fair”. . . put those words together, and they can bring broad smiles and imaginative thoughts to children. For Melissa & Doug, Toy Fair means greeting friends at a giant sound puzzle, and sharing ways to inspire countless ways to play! Melissa and Doug had the chance to hang out with our Blog Ambassadors, […]

Play and Learning to Walk: #walking101

As people say, once your baby starts learning to walk, things are never the same! Baby’s first step is something parents dream of, right from the start. It’s a treasured memory, lovingly captured in pictures and shared with friends and family. Your first time walker’s world is filled with wonder and new experiences. During this […]

Connecting With Your Kids: Making Room for Meaningful Conversations

This post on connecting with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina. Click here to see more posts from this series. With packed family schedules and a constant battle with screen time, connecting with our kids has become more and more difficult. Over the years, I […]