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Holiday Travel Recap: Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

At this point in the year, we hope your suitcases are unpacked from holiday travel and you can finally exhale! We looked over our holiday travel notes and wanted to share this recap from our friends at Simply Real Moms. Have any tips you want to share with us from your holiday travels? Share them […]

Fan Friday: Featuring Melissa & Doug’s Magnetic Dress-Up Set!

Every Friday, we share our Fan Photo of the week. We love receiving your pictures and seeing how your family enjoys Melissa & Doug toys! This week, Jay J. shared these adorable photos of his sons enjoying our Magnetic Dress-Up Set. Share your photos with us! Send us a Facebook message or e-mail us at […]

How to Survive Sick Days with Kids

This how to survive sick days with kids post is from our guest editor Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor at Care.com. Your child is sick. Whether it’s an ear infection, nasty cold, flu or stomach bug, day care or school is not an option. Neither is music class or the wildly fun playgroup you […]

Quick Tips: Letting Your Kids Help in the Kitchen

Guest blogger Grace Patton of Camp Patton shares five tips on how to let kids help in the kitchen. I’ve recently noticed that as soon as my husband or I offer to let one of our older kids (ages 3 and 2) “help” us do anything, they perk right up and come scurrying over to be of assistance. […]

Fine Motor Development and Your Infant

Today kicks off a new collaboration between The Playtime Press and Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors will join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! You’ve brought your little bundle of joy home […]

From Melissa: The Story Behind Our Passion for Puzzles!

January kicks off our series From Melissa, a special corner of The Playtime Press where Melissa shares the stories behind some of our most beloved toys! This month, Melissa tells us how she and Doug created Melissa & Doug’s first fuzzy puzzle. January is National Puzzle Month, which brings me back to the early days of […]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas! January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount […]

New Craft: Bead Buddies!

Guest Blogger Michelle McInerney shares DIY Toys made from Melissa & Doug’s Bead Bouquet Deluxe Wooden Bead Set! See the spots and stripes and wonderfully varied wooden bead shapes come to life as fun and colorful characters: Bead Buddies! Imagine all the different characters you could create… The simple steps – Use matchboxes or any […]

Celebrate Winter with a Sleigh Ride Printable!

Whether it is an art project, puppet show, or this new Winter Sleigh Ride printable, we thank you for making Melissa & Doug a part of your Winter season! This time of year is the perfect time to enjoy creative family activities, and to kick the season of beautiful icicles and snow flakes off right. Click here to […]