Stacy Shares: On Thanks and Giving

This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How does your family practice Thanks and Giving?”   –Stacy As much as I would like to ignore it, my kids are getting bigger. I have noticed a direct correlation between how much bigger they are becoming and how much […]

“Junior Foodie” Activity: Lunchbox Creations

This Junior Foodie Lunchbox Creations blog post is written by our special guest contributor, Sarah from Zoe’s Lunchbox! You know the old saying, “Don’t play with your food”? Well, there’s a reason it’s an old saying. Getting kids involved with what they eat can make mealtimes more exciting, educational, fun, and perhaps, even, adventurous. Fortunately, there are […]

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. […]

Why Classic Toys Are More Important Than Ever

Thoughts on the importance of classic toys from our 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 […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Play Food Is Good for You!

Want a fun after-school activity? Get your kids involved in meal planning by using play food to act out healthy habits! Here are three of our favorite ways to play with food toys—with a lunchbox spin for back to school! Pack it up: Encourage your kids to have fun with nutrition by letting them pack […]

Teach Mama Talks: 5 Ideas for Mixed Age Playdates

This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s very common to have children of mixed ages during playdates, especially when siblings, cousins and neighbors join in on the fun. The more (ages), the merrier, in my opinion!  –Amy Summer’s almost here, which often […]

Save 20% on Food Play: Get Your Kids Excited About Food & Nutrition

TEXT VERSION: Food Groups $19.99 ($15.99 when you use *promo code NFOOD20 at checkout) Planning a well-balanced meal is child’s play with this wooden set. Items from the five food groups–including watermelon, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, and much more–are crafted of solid wood and come with four wooden baskets for sorting and storage. Extension Activities: […]

Happy Chocolate Cupcake Day!

Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set : Wooden Play Food : Toy Cupcakes Set by Melissa & Doug Are you ready to celebrate Chocolate Cupcake Day? Be sure your little baker uses the oven mitt to remove these four delectable-looking wooden cupcakes from their cupcake baking tray! This special set has three dry-erase markers shaped like […]

Trunki Suitcase Review

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