Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  –Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can […]

5 Reasons to Read to Your Child Every Day

Many of us have special memories of time spent reading with parents or grandparents, or even with teachers and friends. There are so many reasons it is important to read to your child – every day! Why read to your child? Your child will treasure the time together. For many families, the normal rhythm of […]

Stacy Shares: Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

This family activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Explore your backyard in a new way with this sensory adventure. Gardening with my kids is a big deal to me. It is one of the most rewarding ways we spend time together. There are so many […]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

When the warm weather starts and school breaks begin, kids of different ages can suddenly find themselves spending time together . . . and thinking, “What now?” Whether you’re having a multi-family playdate or your kids aren’t sure what they have in common with the other children in the neighborhood, these timeless outdoor activities could […]

Read & Play with Allie: Trucks

Playing with puzzles is a teacher and parent favorite for quiet time, when kids need to calm down. When I taught preschool, after lunch but before nap was always a good time for puzzles because it calmed my students before rest time. But that’s not the only way you can use puzzles; they can be […]

Pinterest Contest: Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites to Win!

Puddles & Sun, It’s Spring Oh My! Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites and Win! Pinterest Contest! HERE’S HOW TO PIN IT TO WIN IT! Visit Melissa & Doug’s Pinterest Page and click “Follow All.” On your Pinterest page make a board titled “Spring Wish List.” In the board’s description tell us why you love Melissa […]

8 Ways to Keep the Happy in Your Holidays by Melissa

8 Ways to Keep the Happy in Your Holidays by Melissa for No one can deny that the meaning of the holidays can easily get lost during this frenetic time of year. All year, it feels as if we are moving ever faster to keep pace with technology and the daily changes in the […]

Best Toddler Parenting Advice from Our Fans

We Asked You to Give Us Your Best Toddler Parenting Advice and You Came Through with Some Great Comments! One common theme was patience: Just breathe! Count to 10 first. And laugh  a lot! Parenting a toddler is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! I’m learning to have more patience than ever before, to learn […]