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Happy Grandparent’s Day from Melissa & Doug!

Today, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate one of the most beautiful relationships that exists: the Grandparent. Happy Grandparent’s Day to the people who spoil, pamper, cherish, love, laugh, play, teach, and give. To the people who have patience that never quits, impart wisdom beyond words, and have a presence in your life […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Let’s Build a City!

This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie One of our favorite boredom-buster activities is to combine masking tape with wooden blocks to make roads and cities. This time, however, the kids enjoyed decorating the […]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: Mixing It Up with Pretend Play

Previously during our special “We Love Unit Blocks” week posts, we have shared a bit about the history of Unit Blocks, as well as some ways your little builders can play (and learn!) using various “Blueprint” activities.  Now, let’s have a little fun with pretend play! Blocks come in all shapes and sizes, all colors […]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: Blueprint for Block Fun

If your little builders are ready to take their block play to another level, try creating a set of “plans” for them to follow.  Here are a few “blueprint” activities we especially like: 1. FLOORPLAN: Trace a building (or wall, shape, or pattern) on a piece of extra-large construction paper and ask the child to […]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: The History of “Unit Blocks”

Why Classic Toys Are More Important Than Ever

(By special guest blogger Julia Goodell) We live in a fast paced world, one in which we race to make things better and generally more complex than they ever were before. The toy industry, brimming with classic products, was quickly caught up in this process of kicking out the old and bringing in the new. […]

Playtime Challenge: One Hour of Play

Here’s an old quote to inspire a new way to play: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato (427BCE–347BCE) This holiday weekend, commit to spend an hour at play to rediscover the little ones in your lives. For 60 minutes, switch off phones, […]

Back to School with Beeposh!

What to wear…what to wear? We know how important back to school fashion is, so wanted to share a little information from Melissa about our Beeposh line. Here’s what she shared: “At the heart of Beeposh are bright, colorful patterns that are fresh and hip without being trendy.  Each style is named for an adorable Beeposh […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Confetti Stamped Lunch Bags

This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie These colorful and festive lunch bags are sure to keep the kids busy, and they are so much fun to make! I love how projects like these give […]