How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

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Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids! Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, [...]

Gift Guru: Picking the Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

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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 [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: Traveling with Kids

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For all you traveling families this holiday season, this week we’ve been sharing some tips and activities on the Melissa & Doug blog to help keep the kids entertained (and you sane!) while on the road. In case you missed any of this week’s Travel posts, here’s a quick roundup!  To add to these ideas, [...]

Three Letter-Writing Activities for Little Travelers

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Some say the art of writing letters is lost, but not us! We love the skills letter-writing can build in children, including spelling practice, storytelling, imaginative play, and more. The holidays are a perfect time to build this skill as many families hit the road! While traveling, children can write letters to friends and relatives [...]

Weekly Blog Round-Up: Embracing Make-Believe Play!

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we challenged you to add make-believe to your family’s to-do list. And what a wonderful week it was as a result!  From an imaginary horseback ride to some fantastic play ideas posted on our Facebook page, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed this topic as much [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 10: Hit the Beach . . . Indoors!

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 10 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Stacy Teet. printable version It’s been a busy, fun-filled summer! Our campers have painted the world, passed the torch and even completed a TRIATHLON! I don’t know about you, but after all [...]

Get Your Session 9 Printable Camp Badge & Bonus Activity

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 9 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your  August Camp Sunny Patch calendar to give yourself a round of applause. A Bonus for You When you download your Camp Sunny Patch Session 9 Badge you’ll also find a bonus! Enjoy. Enter [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Movie Theater

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This recipe for creative play and building fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy building and exploring with your kids! -Valerie We are experiencing a major heat wave, and one of our favorite ways to escape the heat is to go see a movie. My girls [...]

Rainy Day Fun: Number Hunt

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Easter is over, but my kids are still eager to hunt for things. When the weather is nice we head outside and hunt for bugs and worms and heart-shaped rocks but when it’s raining we hunt for numbers! A number hunt is a great learning-and-playing rainy-day activity. Melissa & Doug Chunky Number Puzzle is the [...]