Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

Fashion themed art prompts for kids

Finding time to really connect with your kids can be difficult in the busy day-to-day hustle of school and activities. Our family likes to make a habit of special one on one dates with the kids to break out of our normal routine and we find this really helps us to focus on our time together. […]

Storytelling with Peg Puzzles

These creative learning tips with puzzles post come from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome. Children love to tell stories, imitating and re-enacting their lives and stories they’ve enjoyed hearing. While at play with trains and trucks, my son often narrates events as he constructs, destructs, and reconstructs his scenes. His “characters” (tow trucks, […]

Winter Scavenger Hunt

This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated.  The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The […]

Gift Guru: Picking the Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

Do you have a teetering toddler on your holiday list? These little ones are finding their feet, finding their voices, and finding their way around a great big world of play! Celebrate their growing imaginations and the incredible new abilities with toys that will have them laughing, learning, and cheering, “I can do it!” Here […]

5 Classic Gifts that Never Go Out of Style

From planes to wooden trains and other classic toys, there are certain gifts that never go out of style. This week at Melissa & Doug, we’re celebrating these classic gifts—and featuring a few new favorites as well! But first, we wanted to share our thoughts on what makes a toy truly a “classic.” A classic […]

The “Creative Play, Every Day” Challenge from Melissa & Doug and CafeMom

We are excited to announce that—starting today—Melissa & Doug and CafeMom are launching our Creative Play, Every Day Challenge!   For the next 10 days, we’re inviting you to explore the joys of creative play with your children! Why “Creative Play”? At Melissa & Doug, we believe that “real play”—open-ended, non-judgmental playtime driven by imagination—is […]

5 Travel Strategies for Families

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re sharing all the ways your family can stay entertained (and sane) while traveling during the holidays. Today, we have 5 easy activities for your kids to enjoy while on-the-go! What would you add to this list of travel strategies? 1) Create a Sensory Travel Kit for Kids!  […]