Side-By-Side Pizza Prep (A Post-Holiday Wind-Down Tip)

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For many of us, the holidays means a lot of laughter, fun, love, and—of course—cooking! Now that the holidays are winding down, why not take a break with some easy, low-maintenance meals?  Our guest blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom recently shared some great tips on how to spruce-up your frozen pizzas with fresh ingredients! She [...]

Creating a Custom Gift Bundle: Play Food and Kitchen Play

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Whether your child is an artist in the kitchen or just learning to recognize favorite foods, our wide range of food-play sets have toys for every taste! Read on to see our favorite “recipes” for the perfect food-play gift, then enjoy customizing a collection that’s just perfect for your culinary kids. Remember to add one [...]

Cookie-Swap Season! Keep the Kids Involved (but out of the way!)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! 6 dozen cookies. Times two. That’s 144 cookies that needed to come out of my kitchen in 1 weekend for two separate cookie swaps I had to attend. I love to bake with my kids but sometimes mommy just needs to get down to business and [...]

Holiday Tea Party: Teaching Manners & Making Memories!

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The holiday season brings a whole host of entertaining events for families. When we were little, my mom diligently worked with my sister and me to ensure we had impeccable table manners and social skills. For some reason I find myself struggling to instill those same lessons in my own small girls. While ordinary meals [...]

Stacy Shares: On Thanks and Giving

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How does your family practice Thanks and Giving?”   –Stacy As much as I would like to ignore it, my kids are getting bigger. I have noticed a direct correlation between how much bigger they are becoming and how much [...]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

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Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s the newest tool from the USDA to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. Here are a few different ways to play: Print out My Plate [...]

Play with Your Food! (It’s “Junior Foodie Week” at blog.MelissaAndDoug.com!)

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How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Play Food Is Good for You!

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Want a fun after-school activity? Get your kids involved in meal planning by using play food to act out healthy habits! Here are three of our favorite ways to play with food toys—with a lunchbox spin for back to school! Pack it up: Encourage your kids to have fun with nutrition by letting them pack [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

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This recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy serving up lots of pretend ice-cream treats with the kids!   -Val Have you ever made cloud dough? It is so much fun!! Did you know that you can make colored cloud dough? It’s quick [...]