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Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid […]

Introducing Two New Special Needs Resources

We are thrilled to share with you a very special project that is close to our hearts: a catalog custom-made for families of children with special needs. As a valued member of our community, we wanted you to be among the first to see it! The Melissa & Doug Special Needs Toy Guide: A Resource […]

4 Tips to Teach Kids about Traveling

Last week, we introduced our “On the Go with Melissa & Doug” summer traveling series. Every Thursday from April  4 – July 25, three blogger moms will offer their tips & tricks from the road as they trek across the country with their families this summer, staying in hotels, cabins, and tents.  As any parent […]

Using Puzzles to Teach Geography

Our homeschool expert Genny (In Lieu of Preschool) is working on a U.S. Geography unit this month. Earlier today, we shared her American Flag Easel Painting post, which featured creative ways to teach kids about the American Flag using a simple painting prompt. On her blog today, she also focused on using puzzles to teach geography.  Check […]

U.S. Geography for Kids: American Flag Easel Painting

This “U.S. Geography for Kids” homeschool post is part of a series (An Introduction to U.S. Geography for Little Kids) from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) This month in our homeschool we are focusing on U.S. Geography. Though my children are young, I feel it’s never too early to […]

DIY Dinosaur Birthday Party Favor Bags

Part 2 of our “How to Host a Dinosaur Birthday Party” blog post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. I get excited about the details of a party. The small touches really pull everything together in a festive way, but sometimes the details and work can […]

How to Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party (Part 1)

This Dinosaur Birthday Party post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family loves birthday parties. I love planning them and my son loves experiencing them. But this year I wanted to keep it simple. So today I’m sharing our stress-free and super amazing […]

The Melissa & Doug Ultimate Birthday Bash!

We are thrilled to announce our first Ultimate Birthday Bash! -This Giveaway is now CLOSED-  Looking for inspirational ideas for your child’s upcoming birthday? Over the next 11 days, we’ll be sharing some inspirational ideas from the Melissa & Doug blog, and our fantastic group of co-hosts! During our Ultimate Birthday Bash we’re sharing: Themed party […]

The Ultimate Birthday Bash – Our Co-Hosts

Have you heard about our Ultimate Birthday Bash? For the next 11 days, we’re celebrating the joy, excitement (and sometimes exhaustion) of planning and celebrating your child’s birthday! Plus, we’re offering a $500 Birthday Bash giveaway (click here to enter) so one lucky winner can choose favors, games, crafts, and gifts from MelissaAndDoug.com for your […]