Extended Fun for Puzzle Fans!

These extended play ideas for puzzle fans come to us from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. As a puzzle fan, even in my adult years I’ve had various peg puzzles in my home. This was my way of encouraging a future love, building mini puzzle fans to join in on one of my favourite pastime activities. But […]

Classic Toys and Timeless Favorites

From babies to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond, Melissa & Doug classic toys are timeless favorites for kids. These classic playtime activities feature engaging themes, innovative designs and heirloom quality craftsmanship, for play time experiences that never go out of style! In fact, many of our toys become cherished playthings that are passed down from child to […]

Being Thankful – An Acrostic Poem Project

Creative and educational family activities – plus a video – from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Family holidays like Thanksgiving are a reminder of all the many wonderful things in our life. Our family. A great meal to eat. A favourite stuffie. Perhaps even pie with ice cream. Gratitude isn’t just reserved for us as adults and parents. […]

Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

Setting Goals with Kids – Making Achievement Visible!

These creative tips for setting goals with kids come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! From birth, we cheer when our kids reach milestones like walking and talking. As they grow, we move on to milestones that are self-directed (or parent directed). Teaching kids to set goals and achieve them can be a delicate balancing […]

A Birthday Quest: A Tale of Knightly Deeds

Make a lasting impression on children with this creative way to teach kindness, from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! When my toddler son requested a Knight in Shining Armor birthday party for this third birthday, I wanted to make it special for him, of course, … but more than that, I wanted to make the memory […]

4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For […]

Family Nature Hunt

This family nature hunt activity and printable were shared with us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. When was the last time you went on a walk and really “took in” all that was around you – the sights, the sounds, the smells? As adults, our lives are busy; I get that. We’re […]