Let Your Kids’ Personalities Shine!

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Join us in celebrating this week’s play theme: personality! All week, we’ll talk about ways to nurture individualism, show off personal style, and honor our kids’ unique ways of learning. We’ll post special activity ideas designed to boost self-confidence, build communication skills, and customize learning. We’re so excited to share our ideas with you—check in [...]

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 [...]

Why Classic Toys Are More Important Than Ever

(By special guest blogger Julia Goodell) We live in a fast paced world, one in which we race to make things better and generally more complex than they ever were before. The toy industry, brimming with classic products, was quickly caught up in this process of kicking out the old and bringing in the new. [...]

The After-School Wind-Down: How to Open-Up with Coloring and Drawing Projects

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With the start of the school year comes whole slew of new social challenges: getting to know new friends, navigating different routines, and meeting the challenges of a brand-new grade level. What can parents do to help? Create a safe haven at home with the help of low-key creative play. Here are some ideas: what [...]

Giveaway (ends 8/14) Activity Cones – Set of 8! Camp Sunny Patch Session 10

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  Enter to Win a Set of 8 Melissa & Doug Activity Cones! Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 8/14/12. One winner will receive the Set of 8 Melissa & Doug Activity Cones! Activity Cones – Set of 8: Grab a stack of these sturdy plastic cones and head outside to play! Four different colors and two [...]

Giveaway (ends 7/31) Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume!

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  Enter to Win a Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume Set! Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/31/12. One winner will receive the Melissa & Doug Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume Set! Backyard Explorer Role Play Set: Get ready to explore the backyard or playroom with this realistic role-play costume! This dress-up set can be worn [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: A Box Full of Surprises

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The Box Girls: Box of Questions There are no wrong answers to the thought-provoking questions in these sets—just lots of opportunities to stretch your imagination, laugh out loud and get to know your loved ones better! Think you already know your friends and family better than anyone? Tackle this challenge: Instead of answering a question [...]

Giveaway (ends 7/17) Pirate Role Play Costume! Camp Sunny Patch Session 6

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Enter to Win a Pirate Costume! Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/17/12. One winner will receive the Melissa & Doug Pirate Costume! Pirate Role Play Costume: Dress up? Ay, matey! This swashbuckling set includes an embroidered vest, pirate hat, eye patch and soft sword. With our high-quality role-play sets, your child can give dress-up playtime [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

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This recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy serving up lots of pretend ice-cream treats with the kids!   -Val Have you ever made cloud dough? It is so much fun!! Did you know that you can make colored cloud dough? It’s quick [...]