Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

Play with your Food – and Learn!

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Looking for a little mealtime fun, without the mess? Melissa & Doug Food Play sets are the perfect way to introduce new foods to your little one – and even practice preparing and serving food! Cutting Food – Wooden Play Food is an award-winning toy, complete with “crunching” cutting sounds! Use the small cutting board [...]

Gift Guru: 4 Great Holiday Gifts for Tweens

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How do you pick the perfect present for the coolest big kid in town? We’ve got the top picks for tweens and teens right here! From unplugged games to electrifying clothing and gear, you’ll find everything you need for your toughest customer. Beeposh – Color-blasted patterns inject lots of personality in every piece of this [...]

Melissa & Doug Receives a Parents Magazine 2012 “Best Toys” Award for Suspend!

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We are so pleased to announce that the Melissa & Doug family game Suspend has received a 2012 “Best Toys” Award from Parents magazine! The awards were chosen by a group of kid testers and are included in the November 2012 issue of Parents. The list of winning toys has also been unveiled on Parents magazine’s [...]

Melissa & Doug Earns 2 FamilyFun 2012 Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards!

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Great news! Two Melissa & Doug products–our pink Super Hero Role Play Set and Whittle World Plane & Luggage Carrier Set–were recently named as winners of a FamilyFun 2012 Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Award! The awards were chosen by a group of family testers who played with more than 300 toys last summer, ultimately [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sort It Out!

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Starting around 18 months, toddlers begin to notice differences and commonalities between objects—which means it’s time to sort and group! HOW THEY PLAY: Preschoolers naturally seek to organize objects by color, size, shape, texture and type. Feed their hunger for this type of play by providing sorting toys like lacing beads, shape sorting cubes and [...]

Vote For Us In The 1st Annual iVillage Stuff We Love Awards!

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PLEASE VOTE “YES” For Our USA Wooden MAP Puzzle In The 1st Annual @iVillage 2011 Stuff We Love Awards! CLICK TO VOTE NOW!

Our Sandwich Stacking Games Wins Prestigious Award!

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Here are ten good reasons to play with your food! These unique activities use 4 bread-shaped gloves, which can self-stick to 14 sandwich filling layers, and 20 sandwich cards. Race to match the sandwich on the picture card in Fast Food or try to toss a sandwich filling onto a bread glove in Service on [...]

Car Carrier Wins Disney Family Fun Toy of the Year Award!

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Family Fun says, “The simplicity of the foot-long Wood Car Carrier was a big plus for parents: no batteries, no noise, no excessive packaging. Young testers flipped the loading ramp up and down (over and over and over) to move the four cars on and off the notched beds.” This fantastic truck is ready to [...]