Play with a Purpose: Doctor Visits with Kids

This Play with a Purpose post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As parents, educators and caregivers we know the importance of pretend play. Children of all ages love to dress up and become one of their favorite characters, role model, or even an animal.  […]

Creative Storytelling with Puppets

This post about storytelling with puppets was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from Pretend play is a great way to encourage language development, explore new scenarios in a child’s life, as well as build on a child’s self confidence and presentation skills and puppets are a great tool to help facilitate all of these tasks. […]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for […]

Play Prompts: Play Dough Creation Station!

This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This play dough creation station is super easy to set up and provides so many different play possibilities! The Setup: I wanted a truly open-ended playful invitation that could inspire my son in a multitude of ways. To create this play prompt, […]

Boredom Busting Play Prompts!

This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. I’m thrilled to announce a new series here at Melissa & Doug! This new weekly series will share ideas to keep your kids happy and entertained all winter long. Buy yourself a bit of time in the mornings or while you make […]