Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

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This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the [...]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

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Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly [...]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

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, [...]