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 […]

Visit the Melissa & Doug Holiday Gift Shop!

Here come the holidays! Children dream year-round of this magical season, and at Melissa & Doug we’re serving up lots of cheer in our Holiday Gift Shop! What’s Inside Melissa & Doug’s Holiday Gift Shop? We’ve filled our gift shop with the newest and most-loved Melissa & Doug products, from pretend play to puzzles, from […]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For […]

Play with a Purpose: Doctor Visits with Kids

This Play with a Purpose post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As parents, educators and caregivers we know the importance of pretend play. Children of all ages love to dress up and become one of their favorite characters, role model, or even an animal.  […]

Free Personalization – for a Limited Time!

Personalized Play from Melissa & Doug! We admit it . . . at Melissa & Doug we love toys and fun! Our favorite childhood memories are filled with laughter and games, and many precious moments as parents include play-centered activities with our kids! Playtime can be even more exciting, with products customized using Melissa & Doug’s personalization service. And for a limited […]

Tummy Time Play!

This tummy time post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Tummy time…it’s something we know we should do with our infants but why?  Some babies like it, some babies tolerate it, and some babies want nothing to do with it! So, should we really help our […]

Sibling Activities with Dolls

This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It Happy National Siblings Day! Do you have a special sibling to honor today? Encourage your child to do something special for their sibling day to celebrate. One super fun thing to do is to create a […]

Understanding Concepts

This post about understanding concepts was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me that her first grader’s teacher has mentioned to her several times that her son needs help learning concepts. My […]

Helping Kids Learn to Wait!

This post about helping kids learn to wait is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What did we ever do before smart phones and the Internet? Everything we need to know is now at our fingertips! Do you even remember the days before we had DVR and […]