Melissa’s Playbook: Why Boredom Isn’t a Bad Word

This is part of a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood. Boredom has been my greatest gift. Sounds funny to say it, but it’s the honest truth. However, if I am to be totally transparent, it […]

Creative Storytelling with Puppets

This post about storytelling with puppets was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com Pretend play is a great way to encourage language development, explore new scenarios in a child’s life, as well as build on a child’s self confidence and presentation skills and puppets are a great tool to help facilitate all of these tasks. […]

Presenting 4 Pretend Play Ideas (Using Puppets!)

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we have been discussing the many ways to embrace pretend play with your child! From new worlds, exciting adventures, and creative arts and crafts, a child’s imagination is truly limitless. As a parent, you can play an exciting (and important!) role in helping your child in her […]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: Mixing It Up with Pretend Play

Previously during our special “We Love Unit Blocks” week posts, we have shared a bit about the history of Unit Blocks, as well as some ways your little builders can play (and learn!) using various “Blueprint” activities.  Now, let’s have a little fun with pretend play! Blocks come in all shapes and sizes, all colors […]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: Blueprint for Block Fun

If your little builders are ready to take their block fun and creative play to another level, try designing a simple set of “plans” for them to follow. Here are a few “blueprint” activities we especially like: 1. FLOORPLAN: Trace a building (or wall, shape, or pattern) on a piece of extra-large construction paper and ask […]

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 […]