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Festive in 5 minutes

How many of you remember sitting at a wobbly card table in a squashed corner of a dining room longingly gazing at the big people’s table with all it’s fancy finery on Thanksgiving? I’m sure I’m not alone in this classic kid memory. This year marks the very first year our family & guest size […]

Improving Sibling Behaviors with Creative Play

This blog post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from Happy Strong Home. So my children DIDN’T end up magically loving to share their toys and spend every second together. Hmm… so strange! I thought I could escape the sibling rivalry phase! But no, like most baby/preschool sibling sets, once the baby became mobile, […]

Terrific 25 Gifts List – Blogger Opportunity

The holidays are just around the corner, so you know what that means….time for the Melissa & Doug “Terrific 25” list! This list compiles the “best of the best” holiday gifts for the 2013 holiday season, and we’re excited to share it here with you! To celebrate, we’re having a “25 Days of Terrific 25” […]

Kid-Made Thank You Cards

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to craft up some handmade thank you cards to give to loved ones both near and far. Our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen of Inner Child Fun shares an easy step by step craft tutorial for a simple, yet beautiful thank you card the kids can make […]

The Cutest Cleaning Crew on the Block

I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I am the world’s worst housekeeper. There. I said it. My dirty secret is out. My mom is probably cringing with shame as she sees me admit this to the world but there is just no way I could share tips with you about how to get […]

Raising Thankful Kids

As parents, we know: “Children LEARN what they LIVE.” {Tweet this.} For our children to grow up to be gracious and thankful, they must first have gratitude modeled for them. We all hope we’re demonstrating gratitude year-round, but November offers us the chance to be more explicit about the many opportunities we all have to […]

Easiest Ever Handprint Turkey

This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Thanksgiving is all about saying thank you and I love to make homemade cards with my children. This card takes minute to make but is […]

Lively LEAF Activities

We’ve “raked up” a PILE of leaf-themed crafts and activities for you to try during these final, fleeting days of fall. Make those autumn chores less of a bore by involving your kids in some clever ways. While you (or, ahem,  DAD!) are cleaning out the gutters or raking the yard, have the kiddos sort […]

The Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is Officially Open!

Get ready shoppers, because your holiday shopping is about to get a LOT easier with the NEW Holiday Shop at Melissa & Doug! What’s the Holiday Shop? The Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop brings together all the best toys of the season to make it easier for you to find the perfect gift for any […]