Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Baby Toys

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As a new parent, selecting the best toys for your infant can seem like a challenge! We have compiled five tips for selecting baby toys that are sure to enrich learning and encourage creativity. They are all available at MelissaAndDoug.com. 1. Choose quality For baby’s first year (and every year after!) give the gift of [...]

Our 4 month old: Edie Jean by Liz Stanley of Say Yes

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This Our 4 month old: Edie Jean post is by Liz Stanley of Say Yes. 4 months ago we were blessed with this beautiful little girl joining our family and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since she arrived. For a while there the first few months there was a lot of colic and frustration [...]

Top 5 Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up)

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This top 5 holiday–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity.  Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too.  And [...]

Stuffed Animals & Developmental Growth Benefits

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Stuffed animals are a very popular gift around Valentine’s Day, but did you know that, when you give the gift of a furry new friend, you’re actually helping a child’s developmental growth as well? Here’s how: 1)      Even very young children learn through all of their senses. Stuffed animals have a soft texture that is [...]

4 MORE Ways to Play (and Learn!) with Jumbo Knob Puzzles

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Wooden Jumbo Knob puzzles feature easy-grasp knobs for little hands with matching pictures underneath! They make terrific first puzzles, but did you know that there are many MORE ways your child can enjoy these puzzles (even as they get older?) Here are some ideas: Trace and create An older child (3 years and up) will [...]

More Ways to Play and Learn with Chunky Puzzles: 6 Extension Activities

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Did your child receive some new puzzles for Christmas? Puzzles make the perfect gift for kids of all ages, but the Chunky Puzzle in particular (modeled by two adorable fans, below) is a great educational tool for 2-year olds. Acting as two toys in one, these puzzles feature thick, chunky wooden pieces that can fit [...]

Gift Guru: The Best Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

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Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and [...]

Gift Guru: Picking the Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

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Do you have a teetering toddler on your holiday list? These little ones are finding their feet, finding their voices, and finding their way around a great big world of play! Celebrate their growing imaginations and the incredible new abilities with toys that will have them laughing, learning, and cheering, “I can do it!” Here [...]