When I Grow Up: Conversations with Community Helpers

Conversations with Community Helpers

This Conversations with Community Helpers post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. Children begin identifying with career choices quite early, I’m discovering. Daily, our two year old goes to the playroom and asks for his ‘Struction Worker costume. He’ll happily wear it for hours. What will they become when they [...]

5 (Actually 8) Fall Games, Activities, & Experiments

Fall Activity Round-up from Melisssa & Doug

For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on [...]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Let's PUR-Tend... A collection of Pretend-Play Activities from Melissa & Doug

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of [...]

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 [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

Capturing sweet portraits of childhood by playing "Fashion Show" | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

The Cutest Cleaning Crew on the Block

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I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I am the world’s worst housekeeper. There. I said it. My dirty secret is out. My mom is probably cringing with shame as she sees me admit this to the world but there is just no way I could share tips with you about how to get [...]

DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

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This creative craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo.  Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint. Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint -       First download the free [...]

Celebrity for a Day: Galileo Galilei

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In honor of the upcoming Solar Eclipse, stretch your child’s mind with a full day of play honoring Galileo, father of astronomy. Morning Prepare little tummies for a day of play with a breakfast feast. Make mini-pancake “planets” and arrange them around a larger pancake “sun.” Make “stars” from fruit cut into star shapes. Trivia [...]

Stacy Shares: Take Dress-Up Up A Notch!

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I have a confession to make … we aren’t huge Halloween people. We don’t eat lots of sugar (no white sugar at all actually), or take candy from strangers! Just kidding — we do trick or treat, but when we get home we give it all back out to cute kids in costume who knock [...]