Play and Learning to Walk: #walking101

As people say, once your baby starts walking things are never the same! Baby’s first step is something parents dream of, right from the start. It’s a treasured memory, lovingly captured in pictures and shared with friends and family. Your first time walker’s world is filled with wonder and new experiences. During this time, it’s […]

Extended Fun for Puzzle Fans!

These extended play ideas for puzzle fans come to us from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. As a puzzle fan, even in my adult years I’ve had various peg puzzles in my home. This was my way of encouraging a future love, building mini puzzle fans to join in on one of my favourite pastime activities. But […]

Family Games: The Benefits of Laughter

Indoor fun activities, from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. We have all heard the saying “Laughter is the best Medicine” before, so what is it all about? Studies have proven that laughter can do both children and adults a world of good with its physical, emotional and social benefits. Physically, laughter can […]

Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings

These tips for family gathering fun are brought to us by our guest blogger, Dayna, of Lemon Lime Adventures. The holidays are an exciting time full of family, friends and gatherings. Almost every weekend can get filled with going here or going there. For most of us, there is this sense of hustle and bustle […]

Classic Toys and Timeless Favorites

From babies to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond, Melissa & Doug classic toys are timeless favorites for kids. These classic playtime activities feature engaging themes, innovative designs and heirloom quality craftsmanship, for play time experiences that never go out of style! In fact, many of our toys become cherished playthings that are passed down from child to […]

Being Thankful – An Acrostic Poem Project

Creative and educational family activities – plus a video – from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Family holidays like Thanksgiving are a reminder of all the many wonderful things in our life. Our family. A great meal to eat. A favourite stuffie. Perhaps even pie with ice cream. Gratitude isn’t just reserved for us as adults and parents. […]

Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

Setting Goals with Kids – Making Achievement Visible!

These creative tips for setting goals with kids come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! From birth, we cheer when our kids reach milestones like walking and talking. As they grow, we move on to milestones that are self-directed (or parent directed). Teaching kids to set goals and achieve them can be a delicate balancing […]

4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]