Melissa’s Playbook: 77 Ways to Play Outside This Summer

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. . Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.” — excerpted from “The Door,” […]

Magical Moments at Toy Fair

Being with Melissa & Doug at Toy Fair is kind of like finding yourself in a giant play room, surrounded by hundreds of amazing toys and activities. It can be spellbinding, and when you add magic to the mix things really start getting exciting! Melissa believes that magic tricks are great for helping kids build […]

Toy Fair 2016 – Countless Ways to Play!

“Toy Fair”. . . put those words together, and they can bring broad smiles and imaginative thoughts to children. For Melissa & Doug, Toy Fair means greeting friends at a giant sound puzzle, and sharing ways to inspire countless ways to play! Melissa and Doug had the chance to hang out with our Blog Ambassadors, […]

4 NEW Toys for Travel (Plus Easy “On-the-Go” Tips!)

We like our readers to be the FIRST to know about the new products on MelissaAndDoug.com! With long weekends and Spring Breaks coming in the months ahead, we thought we’d share some of the latest travel toys to join our collection. Check them out and tell us:  What are your favorite ways to keep kids […]

New Year’s Word Search Printable

Ring in the New Year with a little letter practice using our New Year’s Word Search Printable! Simply ask your child to find & circle the words listed at the bottom of the sheet. Click on the image below to download the printable. For more free printables for kids, check out Melissa & Doug on […]

From Melissa: My Sunny Patch Pool Toys Inspiration

I’ve always loved watching my kids’ personalities shine as they get into the pool. There’s the toe-tester, the graceful diver, the cannonball blaster. . . . But soon after that thrilling first jump, it was always just a matter of time before they were drifting aimless and bored, asking, “What should we do now?” Swimming […]

Mother’s Day Message from Melissa

The greatest moments of being a mother for me are the occasions when the expressions of love and appreciation come naturally. The gifts for me come in those wonderful drawings, stories and poems handed to me when I least expect it, or the “I love yous” that are said with such spontaneous intensity and passion […]

5 Fun Ways to Teach Children the Letters of the Alphabet

Name Rubbings: From cardboard cut out the letters of your child’s name and glue onto construction paper. Have your child put a piece of paper over his name and use a crayon (on its side) to create a name rubbing! Tracing Letters: Use sturdy paper plates for this. With a marker write your child’s name, the […]

The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

by Melissa for grandparents.com Spontaneous time spent outdoors can have benefits beyond your wildest dreams! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing outdoors. When I was young, no one in my neighborhood had nannies. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s free babysitter and the only way she could “get things done.” […]