Val’s Crafty Corner: Block Play in a Winter Wonderland

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie It seems as though my kids can never get enough block play. Whether it’s experimenting with our favorite Melissa & Doug unit block set, or creating their own pretend […]

Spin-Art Ornaments

(This is a guest blog post from Adrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer’s Wife) With the holiday season upon us, I decided it was time for us to make some homemade ornaments. This is the first year my daughter has been old enough to really get into holiday craft making and thanks to our Melissa & Doug Swirl […]

5 Fun Fall Activities to Embrace (Before Winter Comes!)

This post is from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from Happy Strong Home. Autumn. One of my favorite times of year – the fiery bursts of color. The kiss of crisp air. The tickle of leaves. With the excitement of a toddler discovering the changing seasons, we’ve been on a mission to try every fall […]

Three Letter Writing Activities for Little Travelers

Some say the art of writing letters is lost, but not us! We love the skills letter writing activities can build in children, including spelling practice, storytelling, imaginative play, and more. A perfect time to build this skill is when many families hit the road! While traveling, children can write letters to their friends and relatives […]

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

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 children for some holiday memory making ’round the kitchen mixer! Of course, baking with kids naturally takes a bit longer and makes quite a […]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

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 […]

5 New Ways To Use : Geometric Stacker

This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Geometric Stackers were always classroom favorites while I was teaching preschool. They offer so many ways to teach children in one simple toy. Now that I am a […]

Pretend Play for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

(by special guest blogger Crystal) Hello, my name is Crystal, and I am the writer of  Growing A Jeweled Rose, a children’s site where I share fun and educational play activities. I am so excited to be sharing this fun playtime with you here today! My little girl Rosie’s imagination has really taken off, and […]

The After-School Wind-Down: How to Open-Up with Coloring and Drawing Projects

With the start of the school year comes whole slew of new social challenges: getting to know new friends, navigating different routines, and meeting the challenges of a brand-new grade level. What can parents do to help? Create a safe haven at home with the help of low-key creative play. Here are some ideas: Open-ended […]