4 Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Every child wants something special to give as a Mother’s Day gift. These four kid-made gifts are a perfect way for boys and girls to say “I love you,” with a beautiful and one-of-a-kind keepsake. Hey, Dads (and Moms who need a gift idea for Grandma) . . . Think about a handmade card, jewelry, […]

All Things Easter… A Roundup of Easter Crafts, Learning Activities & Wearables

Keep your kiddos busy this Easter season with print-and-use activity pages, crafts even for the “un-craftiest” of moms, Eastertime tips for parents with special needs children — and MORE! So, HOP TO IT and read on… Colorful “Butterfly Garden” Easter Centerpieces “So easy. Plop it in. Bam. Done.”  That’s the kind of ease that Blog […]

Give Your Kids the GIFT of GRANDMA TIME

What childhood memories do you have of time spent with your Nana? (Or Gammy or Mimsy or insert adorable pet name you had for your grandma here.) Are your children creating everyday lasting memories with their grandma? Or do they only see her on special occasions? Well, prepare to be INSPIRED by this real-life heart-warming […]

Capturing kids in the kitchen

Do you have special family recipes that have been handed down by grandmothers? Does your family have special traditions that happen in the kitchen? Have you ever considered creating a family recipe cookbook? I just love this concept and think documenting those unique family treasures is one of the more awesome memory keeping ideas out […]

5 Must-Read Valentine’s Day Books for Families

This must-read books post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a holiday for sweethearts–couples young and old–but as a mother of young children, I prefer focusing on love between friends and family members. This Valentine’s Day, consider setting aside the […]

Fan Photo of the Week + Melissa & Doug’s Instagram Round-Up!

We are so excited about our Capturing Childhood series and we’re glad you are too. Thank you for all your enthusiasm!! Have you entered our Fan Photo of the Week contest? Enter by sending us a message via Facebook or e-mail (socialmedia@melissaanddoug.com). We can’t wait to see how you enjoy M&D toys!  Here’s a quick […]

Melissa & Doug on Instagram: Share your Family Photos

We love following our fans on Instagram! Use hashtag #melissaanddoug so that we can see all of the wonderful ways your family enjoys Melissa & Doug toys! We asked how your weekend was, and boy did you show us! Check out how these little ones are beating cabin fever: Ashley C.’s child is having a […]

Quick Tips: Helping Picky Eaters

These creative mealtime tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who is a picky eater? I do! I have a 5 year old daughter who looks at new food with fear in her eyes. Trying to get her to let something new […]

6 Stupendous Sticker Activities for Kids

6 Stupendous Sticker Activities for Kids . . . Now say THAT three times fast! Seriously, though, stickers are an unsung hero. They can be a great tool for learning, rewarding, decorating, playing, and so much more. And — even better for busy moms and teachers — stickers are quick, handy, and MESS-FREE! So “stick […]