Parent Watercooler: 5 Tips for an Unforgettable Day at the Beach

These creative play tips for beach-time fun are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   -Zina Grab the sunscreen, let’s roll! Playing in the sandbox is a blast, but going to the beach opens the door to a world of possibilities. Here […]

Product Sneak Peek: Box Girls Family Road Trip

Are we there yet? Who cares! We’ve got Box Girls to keep us laughing all the way! The Box Girls Box of QuestionsSets are filled with head-scratching, soul-searching, funny bone–tickling questions to make quality time with family and friends even better. The very latest from The Box Girls—Family Road Trip Box of Questions—helps the miles […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to […]

Mother’s Day Message from Melissa

The greatest moments of being a mother for me are the occasions when the expressions of love and appreciation come naturally. The gifts for me come in those wonderful drawings, stories and poems handed to me when I least expect it, or the “I love yous” that are said with such spontaneous intensity and passion […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Beaded Necklaces for Mom

This creative play craft and activity for Mother’s Day is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make a beautiful bracelet or necklace for Mom with this pretty bead “bouquet!”   – Valerie These beaded necklaces are so much fun to make, and they would be such a special […]

5 Ways to Preserve Family Memories

Take a photo a day! What a great way to record your child’s growth, progress and activities. Once a day too much for you? How about once a week? Post your photos to Facebook, make a photo album or both! Bonus: Personalized photo gifts (perfect for grandparents!) are easy to order online when you have […]

5 Ways for Kids to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Learn to count to cinco. Today is Cinco de Mayo and the perfect day to learn the Spanish alphabet or some Spanish numbers! Help make a Mexican meal. Burritos, tacos, cornbread . . . olé!  Tonight’s dinner can be a delicious Mexican feast. (Even toddlers can help with a sprinkling of queso.) Make your own piñata. A […]

(More!) Tricks for Developing Language through Play

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Playtime should be full of fun, but it’s also a super time to sneak in some language learning! Did you totally dig the last Language & Play post? Sure you did! Here are two more tricks for […]

Communicate without Words: 5 Nonverbal Tricks that Speak Loud and Clear!

Eye Contact What to do: Look your child in the eye when he/she is talking to you. What it says: “I hear you, and I’m paying attention to what you’re saying.” Tone of Voice What to do: Keep your voice calm and steady, even when your child is overwrought. What it says: “You can trust […]