Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But […]

16 Ways to Cure the “Cabin Fever Crazies”

Feeling a little STIR CRAZY? Perhaps your kids have a touch of CABIN FEVER? We’ve got 16 ideas to help your family turn your WINTER DOLDRUMS into exciting FAMILY FUN! NEW Craft Kits from Melissa & Doug: CUT-CREASE-CREATE! When Cabin Fever sets in, parents are always looking for a fresh activity to entertain antsy little […]

Fan Friday: Featuring Melissa & Doug’s Magnetic Dress-Up Set!

Every Friday, we share our Fan Photo of the week. We love receiving your pictures and seeing how your family enjoys Melissa & Doug toys! This week, Jay J. shared these adorable photos of his sons enjoying our Magnetic Dress-Up Set. Share your photos with us! Send us a Facebook message or e-mail us at […]

Trick or Treat – Alternatives for Kids

Halloween is traditionally a time for sweets, sweets, and more sweets, but who says kids must eat candy from dawn till dusk just because that’s how it’s always been done? This year, though my kids will certainly have their fair share of sweets (we are a sweet-tooth family after all), I’m really trying hard to […]

How to Build a Recycled Box City

This recycled box city craft is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. Does your child love cars, parking garages, crafts, and cardboard? If your answer is yes, than consider spending time together on a cozy afternoon to build a Recycled Box City! We created our Recycled Box […]

Build & Play Obstacle Course

Getting outside and having fun with your kids is not always as easy as it sounds. We aren’t quite done the school year and my son is starting to burn out. When he gets home from school he usually needs some downtime to recharge but sometimes that downtime turns into a whole bunch of screen […]

Encourage Healthy Eating with a “Kid’s Restaurant”!

This “Healthy Eating for Kids” article is written by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat What better way for your child to learn about healthy eating than to play with it! By creating your very own Kid’s Restaurant, your child will learn to not only identify several different food items, but will learn that making good […]

5 Reading Resources for Kids!

March is National Reading Month . . . so to help you kick things off in your house we rounded up 5 of our top reading resources for kids on the Melissa & Doug blog, to help foster a love of reading in your home! Check these out for activities, tips, crafts, and more in a […]

Stuffed Animals & Developmental Growth Benefits

Stuffed animals are a very popular gift around birthdays and holidays, but did you know that when you give the gift of a furry new friend, you’re actually helping a child’s developmental growth as well? Here’s how: 1)      Even very young children learn through all of their senses. Stuffed animals have a soft texture that […]