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 [...]

TeachMama’s Top 5 Toy Picks from Toy Fair 2014

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This Toy Fair 2014 recap post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Melissa & Doug unveiled a ton of really awesome new products this year at Toy Fair. Check out our behind-the scenes look at Toy Fair, 2014: Like many of their classic toys, a number of [...]

5 Non-Technology Ways to Spend a Snow Day

As beautiful as the snow is, at some point, the kids decide that they’ve had enough of being cooped up inside. With the winter storms that have hit much of the country, kids all over are antsy to work off energy, and parents are anxious to find a distraction for them. TV often becomes the [...]

5 Must-Read Valentine’s Day Books for Families

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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 [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]

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

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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

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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:             [...]

Quick Tips: Helping Picky Eaters

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These 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 touch her [...]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family (…and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Family (and HINTS to help you KEEP them!)

Every new year offers your family a new beginning . . .  A chance to “right” the “wrongs” (or at least the “could do betters”) and do things a little differently. {Tweet this!} Today we’re sharing 5 family-based resolutions for the New Year. May they inspire you to create more memories, refresh your mind (and [...]