Being Thankful – An Acrostic Poem Project

Creative and educational family activities – plus a video – from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from Family holidays like Thanksgiving are a reminder of all the many wonderful things in our life. Our family. A great meal to eat. A favourite stuffie. Perhaps even pie with ice cream. Gratitude isn’t just reserved for us as adults and parents. […]

Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come […]

Family Game Night

This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa […]

4 Fun Halloween Games for Kids

This guest post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Since becoming a parent, Halloween has gone from my least favorite holiday to the one I look forward to most. I even make DIY costumes each year, which I NEVER thought I’d do. And our nanny has hosted a […]

Family Candlelight Dinner

Every Monday evening, our family plans an Italian-themed candlelight dinner. It has quickly become one of our most favorite family traditions, and a wonderful way to begin each week. The best part is that the kids can actively participate in the process of preparing the meal, and we keep things very simple! Here are a few […]

Balloon-Themed Games for Language & Artic Practice

Need a new way to practice basic language concepts? How about different places and manners of articulation? You can do BOTH by putting a new “spin” on the Press and Spin game Bye-Bye Balloon. Speech-language pathologist Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers some clever ways she uses this balloon-themed game for articulation and language practice. Read […]

Gift Guru: 4 Great Holiday Gifts for Tweens

How do you pick the perfect present for the coolest big kid in town? We’ve got the top picks for tweens and teens right here! From unplugged games to electrifying clothing and gear, you’ll find everything you need for your toughest customer. Beeposh – Color-blasted patterns inject lots of personality in every piece of this […]

Melissa & Doug Receives a Parents Magazine 2012 “Best Toys” Award for Suspend!

We are so pleased to announce that the Melissa & Doug family game Suspend has received a 2012 “Best Toys” Award from Parents magazine! The awards were chosen by a group of kid testers and are included in the November 2012 issue of Parents. The list of winning toys has also been unveiled on Parents magazine’s […]

Best Toys Guide Names “Suspend” a Top Toy for Christmas 2012!

Recently, Best Toys Guide unveiled its “30 Hot Toys for Christmas 2012.” We were so pleased see their announcement of Melissa & Doug’s Suspend game as a featured toy! Since its release, Suspend has made waves – receiving lots of praise for its innovative approach to family fun night. Best Toys Guide calls it “THE new game to […]