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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 […]

Glowing Fairy Bottle

Learn how to make a glowing fairy bottle, from guest blogger Sara of Bitz & Giggles. My kids are getting so excited about Halloween. Cora, my four-year-old loves playing dress-up. I hang all of her play dresses and costumes on the bottom bar of her closet so she can easily grab them whenever she wants. […]

How to Throw a Costume Party Play Date!

These tips for hosting a kids’ costume party come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! I love planning and throwing themed parties and play dates! I simply cannot resist a good theme (like a Knight’s Birthday Party or my son’s Farm & Tractor Birthday Party!). And I can’t wait for birthdays to come around each […]

Halloween Costume Giveaway!

Smiling little faces will soon be going door to door, singing out the words, “Trick or Treat!” We can hardly wait, and want to join in on the adventure by bringing you our very special Halloween costume giveaway! To celebrate Halloween, we’re giving away seven of our amazing role play sets for kids. Because Melissa & […]

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 […]

Goal Setting and Encouraging Positive Behavior

These tips for encouraging positive behavior were contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every parent struggles with disciplining his or her children. Very often there is a difficult balance between establishing and enforcing rules. Consistency is one of the most important concepts […]

A Birthday Quest: A Tale of Knightly Deeds

Make a lasting impression on children with this creative way to teach kindness, from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! When my toddler son requested a Knight in Shining Armor birthday party for this third birthday, I wanted to make it special for him, of course, … but more than that, I wanted to make the memory […]

Healthy After School Snacks: Apple Treats

With so many tasty fruits and vegetables available from outdoor farmer’s markets right now, wouldn’t it be great to share those healthy goodies with kids at more than mealtime? Today our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle, is sharing 5 recipes for delicious after school snacks made from apples, over at Peanut Blossom. We think your hungry kiddos will love them! Click here to learn more about the […]

Apple Printable Coloring Page for Kids

Have you ever gone to an orchard or local farmer’s market, where you can select fresh vegetables, and actually pick fruit right off the trees? Combine your harvest with some fresh herbs and the right recipes, and you can have some really delicious things to share with the family. In case you aren’t able to dash off to an orchard […]