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 ( 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 […]

Learning with Patterns

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Patterns are everywhere! They are such a playful way to start working on life-long math concepts with your child.  From the patterns in our clothes, plants around us and even in the way we line up our toys we can […]

It’s a HALLOWEEN HULLABALOO . . . Crafts, Games, & Learning Activities for All Ages

We’ve got dynamite decorations, creepy crafts, educational experiments, and more! We’ve rounded up “the best of the best” Halloween ideas from our Blog Ambassadors to bring you this special Halloween Hullabaloo. Like a treat bag on Halloween, this post is OVERFLOWING with goodies . . . our TREAT to you! 1. Last-Minute Halloween Crafts Allison […]

3 Ways to Foster Creativity through Boredom

Melissa shares her views on why it’s not only important – but necessary – to let your kids be BORED! “Parents sometimes think that hearing their child say, ‘I’m bored’ is a sign they haven’t tried hard enough to keep their child busy or entertained. But the truth is that when children are BORED, they have the […]

Which BLOCKS Are Best for Your Child?

Our “puzzle guide” article was so well received by our readers that we’ve put together a similar guide to help you choose the right BLOCKS for your child. Whether you have a baby, toddler, or school-age son or daughter, we’ll explain the different features you should look for in block-related toys, games, and activities for […]

Your “Road Trip Mini-Mag” is Here!

Where is your family traveling to this summer? Regardless of where you’re headed, we know that the process of getting there can sometimes be a challenge if you’re bringing the kids along. So, we partnered with our friends from Highlights to bring you our Road Trip Mini-Mag – perfect for a plane, train, car, or […]