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 [...]

Presenting 4 Pretend Play Ideas (Using Puppets!)

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we have been discussing the many ways to embrace make-believe play with your child! From new worlds, exciting adventures, and creative arts and crafts, a child’s imagination is truly limitless. As a parent, you can play an exciting (and important!) role in helping your child in her [...]

Embrace Make-Believe Play this Week!

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If toddlers and preschoolers kept to-do lists, a typical day might look something like this: Give a dragon a checkup. Give a baby doll a bath. Ride a horse to India. [Snack] Get married. Travel to outer space. Drive a dump truck. Run a hair salon. Save the world. Early childhood—especially beginning around age two—is [...]

Stacy Shares: Going Through the {E}motions

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Talking about and dealing with emotions can be a tricky subject, but it doesn’t have to be. The Create-A-Face drawing pad really helped my daughter open up.  -Stacy   My daughter recently started kindergarten. She is a lover of animals, [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like.  Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

5 Everyday Tips for Building Your Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

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Happy Columbus Day! It’s been over 500 years now since Christopher Columbus landed on American shores, “discovering” the New World and laying the groundwork for another October school holiday. Whichever side of the story you’re celebrating today, we wish you lots of happy family playtime! In the spirit of discovery, this week’s blog posts will [...]