How to host a bike rodeo

May was National Bike Month, an opportunity to celebrate all the reasons we ride. And bike rodeos aren’t just a fun way to celebrate bike month, they are also a great way to help kids practice simple techniques and safety habits that will help them each time they ride!

 A bike rodeo is simple to […]

5 Simple Tips for the Perfect Backyard Family BBQ

Our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures is unpacking 5 simple tips for the perfect backyard family BBQ. With the weather getting warmer, kids are naturally drawn to playing outside more. They want to live outside morning, day and night, which means it is the perfect time to get outside and plan the perfect backyard family BBQ. Now […]

Outdoor Sensory Activities

Outdoor sensory tips from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Spring is here and it is a perfect time to get outside with your child and have some fun! When heading outdoors there are many sensory filled sights, sounds and textures to explore together. For some children, these sensory experiences may be difficult. […]

Teddy Bear Picnic: A Soft & Cuddly Play Date!

It’s the perfect season for a special picnic . . . and today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack up what you’ll need for your teddy bear picnic: a yummy lunch (or colorful play food treats), picnic basket, comfy blanket, and your camera. (This will be a day for special memories!) Have each person in […]

Gift Guru: 4 Great Holiday Gifts for Tweens

How do you pick the perfect present for the coolest big kid in town? We’ve got the top picks for tweens and teens right here! From unplugged games to electrifying clothing and gear, you’ll find everything you need for your toughest customer. Beeposh – Color-blasted patterns inject lots of personality in every piece of this […]

Spin Art Ornaments

(This is a guest blog post from Adrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer’s Wife) With the holiday season upon us, I decided it was time for us to make some homemade ornaments. This is the first year my daughter has been old enough to really get into holiday craft making and thanks to our Melissa & Doug Swirl […]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

When it comes to nutrition for kids, what makes a balanced meal? Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s a tool from the USDA, intended to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. […]

Play with Your Food! (It’s Junior Foodie Week at blog.MelissaAndDoug.com!)

How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can […]

This Week on the Melissa & Doug Blog: Let Your Kids’ Personalities Shine!

No two children are alike (thank goodness!) so this week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we talked about ways to nurture individualism and honor our kids’ unique ways of learning. Here’s a round-up of the ideas shared this week. To add to these ideas, please e-mail us: we’d love to hear your thoughts and […]