Gift Guru: Pick the Best Presents for Babies

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It may seem that babies are just as fascinated with shiny wrapping paper as what’s inside it . . . but the perfect gift will hold its appeal long after the recycling goes out! The best bet: Choose a gift with classic styling and classic play value for the little one in your life. Babies [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Watercolor-Resist Paintings

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This idea for creative fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some painting fun with your kids! -Valerie Does your child love to paint? Have you tried watercolor-resist paintings before? Are you ready to combine beautiful Autumn leaves with colorful works of art?? Then this [...]

Thanksgiving Thank You Cards: A Simple Lesson in Gratitude

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Teaching your children about gratitude is not easy, but Thanksgiving is a great time to try. We made these simple thank you cards to thank others for things that [...]

The Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is Officially Open!

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Get ready shoppers, because your holiday shopping is about to get a LOT easier with the NEW Holiday Shop at Melissa & Doug! What’s the Holiday Shop? The Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop brings together all the best toys of the season to make it easier for you to find the perfect gift for any [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Hand Stamped Memory Game

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Kids love to play games, and games are even more fun when you can make them yourself! This little project combined two of my daughter’s favorite activities — playing [...]

4 NEW Travel Activity Books for Kids from Melissa & Doug!

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This just in! For all you crazed holiday travelers, we’re excited to unveil these four NEW travel activity books, recently added to our website! (P.S. They’d make nifty stocking stuffers too!) About our “Color-N-Carry” Travel Activity Books: Color-N-Carry books are a travel toy and art activity in one! Each set has a built-in set of markers [...]

NEW Gift Finder Tool From Melissa & Doug!

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Who are you shopping for this holiday season? With our NEW Gift Finder, available MelissaAndDoug.com, shopping for any child in your life is fast and easy! Here’s a quick overview of how it works: 1) Enter the age range for the child (or children) you are shopping for. Choose from: Baby Toys Toys for 12-24 Month Olds [...]

Three Letter-Writing Activities for Little Travelers

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Some say the art of writing letters is lost, but not us! We love the skills letter-writing can build in children, including spelling practice, storytelling, imaginative play, and more. The holidays are a perfect time to build this skill as many families hit the road! While traveling, children can write letters to friends and relatives [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: “Junior Foodie Week”

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This week was “Junior Foodie Week” on the Melissa & Doug blog, and we hope you had as much fun playing with your food as we did! In case you missed any posts or activities, here’s a quick overview of what we shared this week. (To add to these ideas, or share your food play [...]