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Creative Play Quick Tip: Countdown to the New Year (Printable!)

We’re six days away from 2013, and a great way to get your kids involved in the New Years countdown is with this paper link chain activity.  Use this free printable for kids of all ages – older kids can enjoy talking about the resolutions and what a “New Year” means to them, while younger […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Start a Color Journal!

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie If your kids are a little too young to start a traditional journal, a color journal may be a good alternative! To make your own, you will need about […]

4 Oven-Free Holiday Cookie Projects (and Printable!)

For many of us, the holiday season is a wonderful time to whip up your favorite family recipes and sweet treats. Many children love to join in the fun by either helping with specific activities (like measuring or mixing), or emulating you with their own play food. If you’re looking for a “less mess” activity […]

DIY State Ornaments

From special guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. As much as we’d love to see all of our friends and family this holiday season, it’s often not possible.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t on our minds and in our hearts! We decided to honor our loved ones, near and far, by decorating our Christmas […]

Teaching the Joy of Giving

These joy of giving tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina …………………………………………………….. Holiday chaos is in full swing. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and use this opportunity to teach your child about the joy of giving. Many […]

Creating a Custom Gift Bundle: Play Food and Kitchen Play

Whether your child is an artist in the kitchen or just learning to recognize favorite foods, our wide range of food-play sets have toys for every taste! Read on to see our favorite “recipes” for the perfect food-play gift, then enjoy customizing a collection that’s just perfect for your culinary kids. Remember to add one […]

Teach Mama Talks: Learn and Play with Big Rig Building Truck

This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “When learning is disguised as play, everyone’s a winner.”  -Amy Fantastic learning opportunities can be found in almost any part of the day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.  All you have to do is be ready […]

Gift Guru: The Best Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and […]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Deal Round-Up: Last Chance Holiday Gifts & Savings

As a valued member of our community, we want to be sure you’re “in-the-know” whenever we have special deals happening on our website. So, we created this weekly round-up so you never miss an opportunity to save! Here’s a flash overview of the last-minute holiday deals we’re featuring at Melissa & Doug! Last Chance for […]