Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on [...]

New Shape Sorting Clock (and 4 Extension Activities)

Shape Sorting Clock

Earlier today on our Facebook page, we unveiled a new Shape Sorting Clock – available now on MelissaAndDoug.com! With bright new colors, a slim design, and lightweight pieces, the toy is a perfect tool to help preschoolers start to understand basic time-telling concepts. As with many of our products, we include extension activities in our packaging and on the [...]

5 Poolside Birthday Party Tips

Pool Party Tips

No time to clean the house, look up fancy recipes, or plan an elaborate birthday party for your little one? You’re not alone. Let go of your Pinterest guilt and throw together a simple pool party. Below are five tips for hosting an easy poolside birthday party: 1. Let the children enjoy the water. The [...]

Top 20 Preschool Classroom Supplies

Classroom Supplies

At Melissa & Doug, we are always being asked: “What supplies do I need for homeschooling?” or “As a teacher, what preschool classroom supplies do I really need to stock-up on?” So, we asked our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) – who has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993 – [...]

Melissa & Doug’s Easter Shop is Open!

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Looking for some special Easter gifts? Check out the new Melissa & Doug Easter shop where you can find personalized stuffed animals, basket stuffers under $10, and more! From bouncing bunnies to other sweet surprises, the Easter shop has the perfect presents for the special kids in your life. But, there’s more! As a special [...]

Princess Castle Gold Hunt and Number Match Activity

Number Match Shamrock Activity

This number match activity idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Hunts are a big deal at our house and I love hiding things everywhere for my kids to move around and find. Sometimes though a whole house [...]

5 Reading Resources for Kids!

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March is National Reading Month, so to help you kick things off in your house we rounded up our top 5 resources from the Melissa & Doug blog to help foster a love of reading in your home! Check these out for activities, tips, crafts, and more in a variety of skill levels and ages: [...]

Where did February 29th go? (4 “extra day” creative play tips)

Leap Year Activities for Kids

Just because 2013 isn’t a Leap Year doesn’t mean you can’t share some “Extra Day” fun with your child! Use this as an opportunity to sneak in a little learning about the calendar cycle; with some math, storytelling, and pattern-recognition lessons along the way. Here are our 4 creative play tips: Before you play, share [...]

6 Magical Magnetic Doll Activities For Kids!

Magnetic Dolls Activities

Dress-up dolls are a wonderful play activity, as they allow for emotional exploration, creative expression, imaginative play, and more! As an alternative to more delicate paper doll sets, our wooden magnetic dress-up sets are sturdy, reusable play companions that offer a variety of play options every time they are used! For a few play ideas [...]