Take your Fun on the Road this Holiday Season! (Traveling with Kids)

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Does your family do a lot of traveling around the holidays? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’ll be talking all about the ways families play when they’re traveling (or just pretending to travel). We’ll share our top picks for travel games, best packing strategies (start with a great kids’ suitcase!), and special posts all [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: “Junior Foodie Week”

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This week was “Junior Foodie Week” on the Melissa & Doug blog, and we hope you had as much fun playing with your food as we did! In case you missed any posts or activities, here’s a quick overview of what we shared this week. (To add to these ideas, or share your food play [...]

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

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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 [...]

Flip. Click. Shop. The Melissa & Doug Interactive Gift Guide is Here!

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Looking for inspiration for that “perfect” holiday gift? Check out our new Holiday Gift Guide, an interactive catalog that features the top holiday gifts for kids for 2012. Our Holiday Gift Guide contains a terrific selection toys for kids such as: classic toys, educational games, vehicle sets, and more. Using our Holiday Gift Guide is easy. Simply [...]

Holiday Baking with Kids: How to Keep it Fun (Without Destroying Your Kitchen!)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! The holidays are looming, your to-do list is growing by the day. Now is the perfect time to gather your kids for some holiday memory making ’round the kitchen mixer! Of course, baking with children naturally takes a bit longer and makes quite a [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrate New Flavors!

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You know what to do: You buy healthy foods, you make sure they get their veggies, you sit together as a family. . . . But the real secret ingredient to raising healthy eaters? Attitude! To instill a healthy attitude toward food in your family, lead by example: Embrace a variety of healthy foods, let yourself [...]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

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Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s the newest tool from the USDA to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. Here are a few different ways to play: Print out My Plate [...]

Play with Your Food! (It’s “Junior Foodie Week” at blog.MelissaAndDoug.com!)

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How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can [...]

Daylight Savings is Back: 6 “Timely” Activities to Fill Your Extra Hour!

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Daylight Savings is upon us already! What will you do in your extra hour? The concept of “telling time” can be tricky for kids to comprehend—but that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun while learning! And what better way to explore these concepts than during Daylight Savings? If you’re looking for some easy, fun ways [...]