10 Fabulous FOOD-PLAY IDEAS for You & Your Children

10 Fabulous Food-Play Ideas for You & Your Children

As a new parent, you first tell your kids to STOP putting things in their mouth. Then, as your kids get older, you find yourself cajoling them at the dinner table, “Put a little bit in your mouth and swallow. Just try it. Please? For me?” Sheesh! What’s a parent to do? Well, today at [...]

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 [...]

17 Clever Ways to Re-purpose Your Puzzles

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Got a stack of puzzles your kids seem to have outgrown? Check out this collection of ideas for “breathing new life” into your puzzles by using them for storytelling, art projects, scavenger hunts, and much more! Read on for a hefty roundup of 17 clever ways to re-purpose your child’s favorite puzzles… (HINT: If after [...]

Summer Travel: 3 Quick Tips for Making Summer Trips Full of Fun & Learning!

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Is your family ready for summer fun on the go? Let’s go! For your next family vacation, beat boredom and hit the road! Melissa & Doug’s travel toys, travel activities, sticker scenes, and portable games will keep kids entertained for the entire trip, without any loose pieces dropping between the seats. Road-trip games, travel activity [...]

5 Ways To Make the Most Out of Summer

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With summer officially starting, it is time for our Top 5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Summer! Whether you are by the beach, the pool, the mountains or the local park, there are so many ways to enjoy family time and celebrate longer days of being together. Here are a few of our favorites! Get [...]

Hosting an Ice Cream Themed Play Date!

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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 [...]

10+ Parent-to-Parent Travel Tips

7 Reasons Activity Cones are the Ultimate Beach Toy

Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! These travel tips are being shared by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Traveling with kids is … an adventure. Every time we take a vacation, [...]

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

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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 [...]

Busy Boxes

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Life is busy and hectic. Whether you have one kid or six, it can be an overwhelming task to keep your baby entertained and still be productive as a parent. I am over at Lemon Lime Adventures today, sharing… 10 Baby Busy Box Ideas. Click here to to read the full posts. As a homeschooling [...]