3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Building Sibling Relationships through Play

Every parent hopes that when child number two (or child number three, or child number . . . ) enters the family, the kids will be caring and kind to each other. We all want happy sibling relationships in our home. Yet, stressful moments between children can occur in any family, at any time. So, […]

Toy Fair 2016 – Countless Ways to Play!

“Toy Fair”. . . put those words together, and they stir broad smiles and imaginative thoughts in children. For Melissa & Doug, Toy Fair means getting together with friends at a gigantic sound puzzle, and sharing ideas that can inspire countless ways to play! This year at Toy Fair, Melissa and Doug got to hang out with our Blog […]

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 […]

Connecting With Your Kids: Making Room for Meaningful Conversations

This post on connecting with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina. Click here to see more posts from this series. With packed family schedules and a constant battle with screen time, connecting with our kids has become more and more difficult. Over the years, I […]

Being Thankful – An Acrostic Poem Project

Creative and educational family activities – plus a video – from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. 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. […]

Travel Printable for Kids!

Traveling in the winter can mean packing different clothes, shoes and accessories than during the summer time. Help kids have fun preparing for wintertime travel with this handy printable! Simply click on the printable below to print out the copies you need, then add your favorite crayons, pencils or markers. Happy travels! ~Your friends at Melissa & Doug […]

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 […]

Learning at Lunch! Smarty Pants Lunchbox Notes Idea

More fun ideas for lunchbox notes, from guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! Even as early as October, packing lunches for the kids might have become routine… perhaps even a little, dare-I-say… boring? Time to change it up a little! You may not be able to switch your child’s foods because of allergies, school rules, or […]