Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

This post about transitioning into the school year is contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time […]

Give the gift of Classic Toys this Back to School Season!

Melissa & Doug classic toys are carefully crafted with children in mind – each toy has an innovative design, classic and dynamic colors, and cheerful graphics. Created to stimulate creative play every day, these classic toys are beloved by children and caretakers alike.   Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks are a tremendous value. Made of premium, […]

How to decorate for Back to School

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats […]

Back to School Lunches: Mom edition!

It’s Lunch Time! Yes, friends. The time of year is upon us when every mom everywhere groans as she tries to figure out what to pack in those empty little cooler bags at a far too early a time in the morning. Last year we suggested “30 Days of Lunches: No Repeats!” and the response […]

Bonding over bubbles

  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more […]

4 Activities to Help Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

From guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. Summertime is coming to a close and that means only one thing – Back to School! For your child entering kindergarten this can be both an exciting experience and one that can make him feel a little hesitant. It is, after all, his first opportunity to put his budding […]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

These play-based fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger,  pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle […]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how we’ve gotten lax in […]

Stacy Shares: Back to School Bedtime Routines

Do you struggle with your back to school bedtime routine? Have kids who are too tired to listen, eat breakfast in the morning, or make sound judgements throughout the day? Can the morning rush and/or putting your kids to bed be one of your least favorite parts of the day? It doesn’t have to be […]