Activities For Toddlers

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To a toddler, just sitting on the floor watching life happen can be fun and entertaining. However, in order to ensure they are getting the most out of their developmental years, there are certain activities for toddlers that are more valuable than others. Learning doesn’t have to be a bore though, which is why Kid [...]

Introducing Two New Special Needs Resources

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We are thrilled to share with you a very special project that is close to our hearts: a catalog custom-made for families of children with special needs. As a valued member of our community, we wanted you to be among the first to see it! The Melissa & Doug Special Needs Toy Guide: A Resource [...]

4 Tips to Teach Kids about Traveling

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Last week, we introduced our “On the Go with Melissa & Doug” summer traveling series. Every Thursday from April  4 – July 25, three blogger moms will offer their tips & tricks from the road as they trek across the country with their families this summer, staying in hotels, cabins, and tents.  As any parent [...]

U.S. Geography for Kids: American Flag Easel Painting

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This “U.S. Geography for Kids” homeschool post is part of a series (An Introduction to U.S. Geography for Little Kids) from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) This month in our homeschool we are focusing on U.S. Geography. Though my children are young, I feel it’s never too early to [...]

Get ready to hit the road!

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Melissa & Doug is making vacationing with kids easy for you this summer by providing you with the ultimate Family Traveling resource. Whether you’re staying in a HOTEL, CABIN, or TENT, we’ve got you covered with ideas for keeping your kids happy, learning, and entertained while traveling this summer. Every Thursday through July, our blog — [...]

Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

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These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three straight days. Raising healthy eaters [...]

Telling Time with “Bye-Bye Balloon Press & Spin Game”

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Last week, Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP (from Activity Tailor) shared some wonderful speech and language skill builders using our Bye-Bye-Balloon Press & Spin game. Today, she’s sharing some tips on using the game to help kids learn to understand the concept of telling time. Check out her ideas below, and share with us in the comments [...]

Who Knows Toys Better Than Kids?

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Nobody, that’s who! While the winners of the recent Toy Makers II Design Competition may not see their entries on toy store shelves anytime soon, the real reward is in the design of the toys itself. The competition challenged children from 6-8 and 9-12 to design their very own toy. Contestants had to use problem-solving [...]

Teaching Tots to Pick Up

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Watching the joy on your toddler’s face as they play with their toys is priceless. However, not so priceless is the mess they often leave when they’re done. While it is important to be patient with them, it is equally important to teach them from a young age to clean up after themselves. To help [...]