Explore the New Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop!

. . . Ready. . . Set. . . Shop! Get ready to find the perfect holiday gift for all the kids on your list – because the Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is officially open! This online store is your go-to destination for everything you need this holiday season, from classic toys, to “wow-worthy” […]

The 2014 Holiday Favorites Gift Guide Has Arrived!

Crafts, puzzles and classic toys – oh my! Looking for inspiration for that “perfect” holiday gift? Check out our new Holiday Favorites Gift Guide, an interactive catalog that features the top holiday gifts for kids this holiday season! Our Holiday Favorites Gift Guide contains everything you need for those cherished kids on your list, and features our very […]

When I Grow Up: Conversations with Community Helpers

This Conversations with Community Helpers post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. Children begin identifying with career choices quite early, I’m discovering. Daily, our two year old goes to the playroom and asks for his ‘Struction Worker costume. He’ll happily wear it for hours. What will they become when they […]

Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the […]

Trick or Treat Printable Fun!

Trick or treat! Halloween is on its way, and we’re sharing two free printable pages for some trick or treat themed creativity. Whether or not your costumes are chosen, your little artist or writer can enjoy some trick or treat printable fun right now. Just click on a page and print it! Remember your favorite crayons, scissors and art supplies!   Trick […]

Tips for Selecting Wooden Vehicles for Girls and Boys

This Playtime Press Post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Finding a special toy for a loved one can be so much fun but hard to choose at times! Vehicles are an all-time favorite for kids! They provide opportunities for role playing life and they never go out of style. A […]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly […]

WHEELS & WINGS: Activity & Play Ideas for Planes, Trains, Cars, & More!

Does your little one love playing with vehicles? If it ROLLS, RACES, ROARS, or RIDES ON RAILS, it’s covered in this Vehicle Roundup. Read on for tips and activities relating to trains, cars, trucks, planes, buses, and more! Teaching Kids about Traveling & Transportation “Grease the wheels” for your next family trip by helping your […]

Playtime with Toy Vehicles

Trains, planes, boats and cars are all part of the wonderful world of toy vehicles! Even very young children can become fascinated with fire trucks, bright yellow buses on their way to school or trains chugging down the tracks. Whatever the inspiration, vehicles become a favorite playtime activity for many girls and boys! Zoooom!  These four squeezable Pull-Back Vehicles roll quickly across the floor, after being pulled back gently and released. Special “rev-up” wheels make it easy […]