Mystery Birthday: Who traveled the United States with a bag of seeds? (Hint: apple-related play ideas below!)

Johnny Appleseed! He was born on September 26, 1774 as John Chapman. But, this produce pioneer earned his nickname many times over. He became famous for planting apple seeds, which he gathered from cider mills and planted during his travels. He tended his orchards on return trips, and happily shared with everyone he met. Celebrate Johnny […]

Teach Mama Talks: Rockin’ Out with the Recorder

This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Music is an incredible way to develop important academic and social skills. The recorder is a great stepping stone.” -Amy    We are not a musical family. We do a whole lot of singing and a whole […]

Teach Mama Talks: Fun, Frugal Shape and Color Sorting

This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. The best, most meaningful learning takes place during games and play.  -Amy Often I’ve found that my kids love to play with items that are not necessarily toys.  Mirrors, ribbons, buttons, tissue paper, paper rolls, you […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arr, mateys! We’d be scurvy to miss wishing ya a HAPPY TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Enjoy a day filled with giggles and pretend-play fun as you try out some of our favorite pirate words and sayings. A PIRATE PRIMER FROM BARNACLE BART Ahoy – hello! Aye – yes Booty – treasure Bounty – reward […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Painted Puzzle Magnets

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Are your puzzles missing a few pieces? Have they been loved to death? Do you want to give them some new life as a gift for a special friend […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Confetti Stamped Lunch Bags

This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie These colorful and festive lunch bags are sure to keep the kids busy, and they are so much fun to make! I love how projects like these give […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Racing Flags!

This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie These racing flags were easy to make, and afterwards they inspired the kids to go outside for some active play to burn off some of their extra […]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Tips for an Unforgettable Day at the Beach

These creative play tips for beach-time fun are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   -Zina Grab the sunscreen, let’s roll! Playing in the sandbox is a blast, but going to the beach opens the door to a world of possibilities. Here […]

Which 2 Kid Friendly Jokes Will Be Trunki Winners?

Kid Friendly Jokes Submitted During Our Twitter Party Trunki WINNERS: #1) Marla Bharratt Pollard Knock knock Who’s there? Olive olive who? Olive melissa and doug toys cuz they’re the best!! #2) Starr Willette Why don’t aliens eat clowns? Because they taste funny. ———————————————————- Other Very Funny Kids Jokes: Carrie Lobacz Wells What cereal does a […]