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 [...]

Teach Mama Talks: The Voting Process for Kids– Using Puzzles for Better Understanding

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Election time is an ideal opportunity to sneak in a little learning, no matter which candidate gets your vote.”  -Amy The voting process is so hard for kids–and even adults!–to understand, so what better way to [...]

Stacy Shares: Developing A Unique Style

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How influential are you in helping your child develop a unique personal style?”   – Stacy Even at a very young age, my children responded to certain types of clothing more than others. My oldest son (6) is very [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Talking to Kids About School Friends

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Sometimes really important discussions can evolve from the most unusual situations, so as parents, we have to be ready at all times! ” -Amy My youngest child, Cora, recently entered the wilds of Kindergarten, so this year [...]

Find Your Style! (Cut-and-Paste Style Board for Kids)

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Style isn’t what you wear, but how you wear it! We love exploring cool patterns to wear and toys to dress. (Any kind of playtime that give kids lots of choices sounds like a good idea to us!) But there’s so much more to true style: A child’s personal style influences out how he or [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Let’s Play Animal Hospital

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This idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy playing with the kids! -Valerie                  Are your stuffed animal friends feeling a bit under the weather? Perhaps it’s time to open a pretend animal hospital! We [...]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

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Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night? Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little [...]