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There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By […]

“Pieces of the Puzzle”: A Level-by-Level Guide

Puzzled by which puzzle is right for your kids? This easy reference guide walks you through the options – including chunky shapes and boards, sturdy wooden jigsaws, giant floor puzzles, and more! Use it to find just the right fit for puzzlers of every age and stage. You can find our Puzzle Guide by clicking […]

How Do You Keep Your Kids Clothes Organized?

It’s the question we all want to know, how are other moms tackling all of those tiny socks and stack of pajama pants? Do they have a tried and true secret the rest of use don’t know about? I asked ten moms one simple question, What works for you, how do you keep your kids clothes […]

Building Blocks: A Level-By-Level Infographic

If you loved building blocks as a kid, you probably want to pass on the joy of playing with blocks to a child you know. Our new Building Blocks Infographic is the perfect tool to help you decide which blocks are right for that special child on your list. Plus, we’ve included play tips for every age in our handy guide; […]

5 “Totally Sweet” Thanksgiving Crafts & Learning Activities

OK. So our first activity is “sweet” ’cuz it actually involves CHOCOLATE! {Yeah, we thought that might get your attention.} The others are “totally sweet” in the adorable sense of the word. Today’s clever crafts and learning activities are written by our Melissa & Doug guest bloggers and Blog Ambassadors. In the spirit of the […]

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 […]