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

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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!

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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 [...]

Yee-Haw! Hosting a Farm/Tractor-Themed Party!

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Our guest blogger, Julie (A Year with Mom and Dad) is a master at hosting themed birthday parties for her kids. So we thought she would be a great person to kick-off our upcoming “Birthdays are a BLAST!” month on the Melissa & Doug blog! Her recent post shares how to host a Farm/Tractor Themed [...]

Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

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Prepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The essence [...]

Presidents’ Day Bingo (Activity & Printable!)

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Written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. In honor of Presidents’ Day, I put together this fun activity that can combine money math with a bit of  presidential trivia. My son had a great time with this and really benefited from the hands-on learning. To play this game, we used the coins from [...]

From Melissa: Two Heartfelt Messages for Valentine’s Day

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked Melissa to share some thoughts inspired by the upcoming holiday! What do you LOVE most about your job?  What I love most about my job is the creation process.  There is nothing more fulfilling or exciting to me (other than having children!!!!) than starting with just a [...]