Happy Thanksgiving Week! (The View from the Kids’ Table)

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We love Thanksgiving! What a special time to come together, reflect on the happiness in our lives, make handprint turkeys…. Most of all, it’s so much fun to focus on the best things in life: our family and friends! In that spirit, this week we’re shining a spotlight on our friends across the country with [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Hand Stamped Memory Game

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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 Kids love to play games, and games are even more fun when you can make them yourself! This little project combined two of my daughter’s favorite activities — playing [...]

Make the Holidays Special :: Inspirational Pinning Challenge

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Melissa & Doug is excited to kick off our first-ever Pinterest challenge! “Holiday magic” can be hard work for moms and dads, and we’d like to help with some extra inspiration this season. Simply create a virtual pin board featuring your favorite holiday ideas and gifts for a chance to win one of four $200 [...]

5 Fun Fall Activities to Embrace (Before Winter Comes!)

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This post is from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. Autumn. One of my favorite times of year – the fiery bursts of color. The kiss of crisp air. The tickle of leaves. With the excitement of a toddler discovering the changing seasons, we’ve been on a mission to try every fall activity we [...]

Spray, Blend & Play! Two New Arts & Crafts Activities from Melissa & Doug

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At Melissa & Doug, we’re always looking for new ways to help children explore and express their limitless imaginations. That’s why our extensive Arts & Crafts selection offers such a variety of products—so your child as all the right tools to create unique masterpieces. We’re excited to announce two NEW arts & crafts projects recently [...]

Find Your Style! (Cut-and-Paste Style Board for Kids)

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Style isn’t what you wear, but how you wear it! We love exploring cool patterns to wear and toys to dress. (Any kind of playtime that give kids lots of choices sounds like a good idea to us!) But there’s so much more to true style: A child’s personal style influences out how he or [...]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

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Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night? Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little [...]

Pretend Play Props – Mess Free Necklace

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Written by Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Sometimes all it takes is a great imagination, but sometimes you need some sparkle! My daughter loves her Melissa [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like.  Using the arts and crafts your child [...]