Hosting an Ice Cream Themed Play Date!

This play date idea is brought to you by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Summer time can be an opportunity to get together with friends. Finding a theme for the play date can be one of the best parts! Ice cream is a big hit anytime, especially with the hot weather. Here […]

Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

Guest editor Carrie Anne from provided this post for the Melissa & Doug blog. Most times when my kids pull out the paint it is to create creatures, scenes, and images from their imagination. This is a great way to explore their creativity but painting to recreate something they see can also open a […]

Sensory Benefits of Sand Play

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the kids are starting to stir. What could be a better summer activity than Sand Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, but did you know the sensory benefits that can be found from a day at […]

Gardening and Sensory Development

This Gardening and Sensory Development post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. After the April showers have cleared up, it is time for May Flowers! Rumor has it that it is warm enough to plant outdoors after Mother’s Day, and planting is a wonderful […]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

These skill development tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side […]

6 Secret Codes for Kids

This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from When we visited Colonial Williamsburg we took on the role of spies. As members of the Rev Quest: Black Chambers we were given a map to follow for clues, had secret meetings with villages and deciphered a few different types of code. It […]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and […]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting […]

Blowing Bubbles as a Skill Builder

These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When I picked my daughter up from preschool the other day, her teacher said something that perked my ears and got me thinking. I heard her teacher telling another mom that she had the kids outside blowing bubbles. What […]