Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book […]

A Garden Exploration Table

This Garden Exploration Table post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. Spring is nearly here! While we still have snow on the ground and the weather is raw and rainy here, the kids and I decided to bring a little spring indoors. I set up a garden exploration table for […]

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 […]

Math? What math? Creative Math Activities

These creative math activities were provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. We don’t always think of it, but there are so many ways to incorporate and reinforce math with our children in everyday life. This is the best time to “sneak” in […]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly […]

Printable Puzzles – for YOU!

Make puzzle playtime extra-fun with these cool printable puzzles! Children who like to draw or color can design their own unique puzzles! Print out this Create-Your-Own Puzzle printable and allow your little artist decorate the puzzle area. Next, cut out the individual pieces and let the puzzle play begin! This creative puzzle page can be printed and enjoyed, over and over again. If animal themed puzzles are more your style, the […]

4 Early Math Concepts Using Puzzles

This Early Math Concepts post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from I’ve shared my love of puzzles with my own kids, including four tricks to help them transition into larger puzzle formats. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo Numbers Chunky Puzzle is a great starter puzzle for kids but you can also use it to help your […]

Number Scavenger Hunt Game

Number Scavenger Hunt Game by Kim Vij This learning post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Making an investment in wooden puzzles is one of the smartest things you can do as a parent for your child. However, at times they sit on the toy shelf and we wonder […]

From Melissa: The Story Behind Our Passion for Puzzles!

January kicks off our series From Melissa, a special corner of The Playtime Press where Melissa shares the stories behind some of our most beloved toys! This month, Melissa tells us how she and Doug created Melissa & Doug’s first fuzzy puzzle. January is National Puzzle Month, which brings me back to the early days of […]