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Melissa & Doug Weekly Deal Round-Up: Free Personalization Offer and “Valentine Puppy” Gift with Purchase!

Check out our Weekly Deal Round-Up for the great specials happening this weekend at! Here’s a quick overview: FREE Gift with Purchase – Valentine Puppy! For a limited time only, all orders over $50 will receive an adorable Valentine Puppy stuffed animal – free!  A $14.99 value, this adorable yellow lab has a soft, […]

Hot Chocolate Sensory Craft for Kids (and Printable!)

Baby, it’s cold outside! Here’s a quick and easy sensory craft that kids can complete while Mom or Dad makes some real hot chocolate to warm up the family! You’ll need: Hot Chocolate Mix or Powdered Chocolate Milk Mix Hot Chocolate Printable Sugar Glue Child-Safe Scissors Cotton Balls Instructions: Download and print out our Hot […]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up […]

4 NEW Toys for Travel (Plus Easy “On-the-Go” Tips!)

We like our readers to be the FIRST to know about the new products on! With long weekends and Spring Breaks coming in the months ahead, we thought we’d share some of the latest travel toys to join our collection. Check them out and tell us:  What are your favorite ways to keep kids […]

10 Must-Haves for the Dress-Up Barrel! (Plus 3 Creative Play Ideas)

Written for Melissa & Doug by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. What child doesn’t enjoy pretending to be someone or something else? Dress-up play is role-play at its most authentic, and role-play for children should be just that: PLAY! As a parent, you can help facilitate this play by providing a wide variety of costumes and accessories to help your child […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Collaborative Coloring Activity

This idea for crafty coloring fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Do your kids enjoy coloring? Do they spend lots of time doodling and drawing? Do you need a simple activity that encourages siblings to share, cooperate, and get […]

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors!

Is your family experiencing some wintertime “Cabin Fever”? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared some great activities to enjoy – indoors! What are your personal favorites?  NEW Ways to Play with Your Puzzles! Does your family have a collection of puzzles lying around – perhaps ones that your kids have either […]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Deal Round-Up: Free Gift over $30 and Personalization Offer!

Looking for some special savings this weekend? Our Weekly Deal Round-Up gives you a quick overview of all that’s happening right now on! Here’s a quick overview: FREE Gift with Purchase – Learning Mat & Crayons! For a limited time only, all orders over $30 will receive our Alphabet Write-a-Mat with Erasable Crayons for […]

Creating a Snow and Ice Winter Sensory Bin: Activity Ideas & Tips!

Let’s face it, kids are fascinated by snow! The more of it the better from their point of view. But, for many of us, snow isn’t something our kids get to experience and explore as much as they’d like.  If you think your children would enjoy some winter sensory fun, then we suggest that you […]