4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

10 Fabulous FOOD-PLAY IDEAS for You & Your Children

10 Fabulous Food-Play Ideas for You & Your Children

As a new parent, you first tell your kids to STOP putting things in their mouth. Then, as your kids get older, you find yourself cajoling them at the dinner table, “Put a little bit in your mouth and swallow. Just try it. Please? For me?” Sheesh! What’s a parent to do? Well, today at [...]

Play with your Food – and Learn!

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Looking for a little mealtime fun, without the mess? Melissa & Doug Food Play sets are the perfect way to introduce new foods to your little one – and even practice preparing and serving food! Cutting Food – Wooden Play Food is an award-winning toy, complete with “crunching” cutting sounds! Use the small cutting board [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 8

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Summer vacation is in full swing! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! This week is packed with water play, educational play activities, a super-fun playdate theme and more - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource is neatly organized and printable. To make the calendar even more helpful to [...]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

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Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 5

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Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! This week we move from June into July, so you’ll find TWO printable, live calendars below. We hope you enjoy each and every day! We’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 4!

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Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! We’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource will be neatly organized into a calendar you can print. To make this calendar even more helpful to you, each [...]

Using Play to Promote Core Strength and Handwriting Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When your children are playing, I’ll bet you don’t often stop to think about how important play time is for developing their handwriting skills. Handwriting . . . it’s one of those things that seems so simple yet, so [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 3!

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Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! We’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource will be neatly organized into a calendar you can print. To make this calendar even more helpful to you, each [...]