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Quick Tips: Making Friends With Food

Remind kids (and yourself) why good food is good. Here are some tips for helping kids know…that Food is Good! Tie food to things your child cares about. Explain that protein in lean meats builds muscle and strength for sports. Whole grains and the vitamins in fruits and vegetables help our brains focus in school. […]

Nutritious choices for the lunch line

At the beginning of last year’s school year I was the Queen of Packed Lunches. My kindergardener would skip off to school each day with nutritious and varied treats in her bag each day. And then winter came. Cold and flu season rocked our world. I was exhausted, we were stressed, and lunches became a […]

Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out […]

Celebrating 25 Years of Melissa & Doug!

We can’t believe it’s been 25 years! It seems like yesterday we were setting up shop in Doug’s parents’ garage, as a tiny little company with big ideas about classic toys. A quarter century later, we’re finally out of the garage—and so thrilled that we’ve been able to share our toys with you! From the […]

Balloon-Themed Games for Language & Artic Practice

Need a new way to practice basic language concepts? How about different places and manners of articulation? You can do BOTH by putting a new “spin” on the Press and Spin game Bye-Bye Balloon. Speech-language pathologist Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers some clever ways she uses this balloon-themed game for articulation and language practice. Read […]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how we’ve gotten lax in […]

Stacy Shares: Back to School Bedtime Routines

Do you struggle with your back to school bedtime routine? Have kids who are too tired to listen, eat breakfast in the morning, or make sound judgements throughout the day? Can the morning rush and/or putting your kids to bed be one of your least favorite parts of the day? It doesn’t have to be […]

Letter Sounds Pictionary (plus printable!)

This back to school lesson is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Do your kids need a few refreshers after a carefree summer? They’ll love getting back into the swing of things with this family favorite! Letter Sounds Pictionary is a great family time activity that sneaks in a bit of learning, which makes it […]

6 Playful Printables to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School

As you cling to the last fleeting days of summer, somewhere in the back of your mind you know that the first day of school is just around the corner. It’s time to start moving up your kids’ bedtimes, getting those backpack hooks cleared away, and — yes {sigh} — practicing some school-related skills. We’ve […]