Nutritious choices for the lunch line

Nutrition in School Lunches

At the beginning of last year’s school year I was the Queen of Packed Lunches. My kindergardener would skip off to school each day with nutritious and varied treats in her bag each day. And then winter came. Cold and flu season rocked our world. I was exhausted, we were stressed, and lunches became a [...]

Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

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To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out [...]

Work Through Worries with Play School

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come [...]

Have A Beach Day In Your Own Backyard

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Summer is synonymous with sun and sand and surf, but what if you live in one of the land locked states or can’t get to the shore as often as you’d like? Are you destined for a not so awesome summer? We think not. Creating a backyard beach experience is simple to do and doesn’t [...]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]

How to Host an “Ocean Explorers” Playdate

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This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Visiting the beach is the quintessential summer trip – but what if you’re not near an ocean or lake? What if you just don’t have the time? Or if your kids are really susceptible to sunburn? We have [...]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

This Week’s Summer Fun Calendar Has Arrived

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We’re excited to share a new round of fantastic activities in this week’s Summer Fun Calendar!  That’s why we created our “My Summer Calendar” blog series: Every week, we unveil a new week’s worth of original activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your kids occupied all summer-long. Download it…print it…share it with your friends: [...]

An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

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This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, [...]