Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid [...]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

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(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up [...]

10 Must-Haves for the Dress-Up Barrel! (Plus 3 Creative Play Ideas)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. What child doesn’t enjoy pretending to be someone or something else? Dress-up play is role-play at its most authentic, and role-play for children should be just that: PLAY! As a parent, you can help facilitate this play by providing a wide variety of costumes and [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Round-Up: Craft Closet “Must-Haves,” Toddler Tips and MORE Ways to Play with Your Puzzles!

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we went back to the “basics:” Basic supplies every craft closet needs, simple puzzle extension activities,  and some easy ways you can survive a grocery store trip – with a toddler!  Here’s a round-up of what we shared: How to Survive the Grocery Store- with a Sassy [...]

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 [...]

5 Classic Gifts that Never Go Out of Style

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From planes to wooden trains and other classic toys, there are certain gifts that never go out of style. This week at Melissa & Doug, we’re celebrating these classic gifts—and featuring a few new favorites as well! But first, we wanted to share our thoughts on what makes a toy truly a “classic.” A classic [...]

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 [...]