Melissa & Doug Family Night: Holiday Craft Contest!

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One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is using our imaginations to create one-of-a-kind crafts together. We love sitting around a big table, with mugs full of hot chocolate, and breaking out our glue sticks, markers, stamps, and construction paper! It’s always fun to make a snowman with our Shape, Model, and Mold [...]

How to Get Kids Excited About Homework

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This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It School’s back in session, which means homework is starting to come home and become a part of our daily afternoon. Here are a few tips to get your child excited about homework, rather than viewing it as a challenge. 1) [...]

From Melissa: Do YOUR Kids Play with Neighborhood Friends?

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Melissa shares her thoughts on the importance of outside play for kids: “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of lazy, carefree summer days spent playing outside with neighborhood friends. No one in my neighborhood had a nanny. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s FREE babysitter — and the only way she could [...]

Quick Tips: Making Friends With Food

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Remind kids (and yourself) why good food is good. Here are some tips for helping kids know…that Food is Good! Tie food to things your child cares about. Explain that protein in lean meats builds muscle and strength for sports. Whole grains and the vitamins in fruits and vegetables help our brains focus in school. [...]

Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

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To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out [...]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

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This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how [...]

Letter Sounds Pictionary (plus printable!)

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This back to school lesson is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Do your kids need a few refreshers after a carefree summer? They’ll love getting back into the swing of things with this family favorite! Letter Sounds Pictionary is a great family time activity that sneaks in a bit of learning, which makes it [...]

6 Playful Printables to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School

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As you cling to the last fleeting days of summer, somewhere in the back of your mind you know that the first day of school is just around the corner. It’s time to start moving up your kids’ bedtimes, getting those backpack hooks cleared away, and — yes {sigh} — practicing some school-related skills. We’ve [...]

Work Through Worries with Play School

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come [...]