A Birthday Quest: A Tale of Knightly Deeds

Make a lasting impression on children with this creative way to teach kindness, from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! When my toddler son requested a Knight in Shining Armor birthday party for this third birthday, I wanted to make it special for him, of course, … but more than that, I wanted to make the memory […]

Creative Storytelling with Puppets

This post about storytelling with puppets was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com 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. […]

The 2014 Holiday Favorites Gift Guide Has Arrived!

Crafts, puzzles and classic toys – oh my! Looking for inspiration for that “perfect” holiday gift? Check out our new Holiday Favorites Gift Guide, an interactive catalog that features the top holiday gifts for kids this holiday season! Our Holiday Favorites Gift Guide contains everything you need for those cherished kids on your list, and features our very […]

When I Grow Up: 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 […]

Exploring Patriotic Symbols through Crafts

This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. America is a land of great variety – every state has its own bird, flag, tree, flower, and landmarks. With our country’s rich history, we have many people, buildings, and symbols that express our nation’s heritage of freedom. In time […]

5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

 This post is provided by guest contributor Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life.  As we have begun homeschooling our children this year, I have learned in my research of the importance of storytelling. Until the days of “Beowulf” and the “Odyssey,” stories weren’t written down like they are in modern times. Storytelling was used to communicate, […]

From Melissa: 3 Indoor Creative Play Ideas…With Costumes!

Let’s face it: Kids LOVE to play dress-up! But, we believe that dress-up can—and should—be enjoyed year-round (not only at Halloween.) In fact, during the colder or dreary winter months, when many families are stuck indoors, dress-up costumes can give children the thrill of exploring new worlds right from their playrooms. A word on dress-up and […]

Weekly Blog Round-Up: Embracing Make-Believe Play!

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we challenged you to add make-believe to your family’s to-do list. And what a wonderful week it was as a result!  From an imaginary horseback ride to some fantastic play ideas posted on our Facebook page, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed this topic as much […]

Presenting 4 Pretend Play Ideas (Using Puppets!)

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we have been discussing the many ways to embrace make-believe play with your child! From new worlds, exciting adventures, and creative arts and crafts, a child’s imagination is truly limitless. As a parent, you can play an exciting (and important!) role in helping your child in her […]