Travel time: questions to ask your kids in the car

Connect with your kids: Using car time for family time

As parents, we spend countless hours taxiing our kids from one activity to another: birthday parties, school, sports, piano, lessons and tutoring of all kinds. And while during the hectic busyness of our over packed schedules it is tempting to just turn on the radio or allow a little screen time with headphones for the [...]

Connecting After Discipline

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This post on connecting after discipline is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When parents use the term “discipline,” we often think “punishment.” When we discipline our child in this mindset, thinking the goal is to have [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like. Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

This Week on the Melissa & Doug Blog: Let Your Kids’ Personalities Shine!

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No two children are alike (thank goodness!) so this week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we talked about ways to nurture individualism and honor our kids’ unique ways of learning. Here’s a round-up of the ideas shared this week. To add to these ideas, please e-mail us: we’d love to hear your thoughts and [...]

Happy Grandparent’s Day from Melissa & Doug!

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Today, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate one of the most beautiful relationships that exists: the Grandparent. Happy Grandparent’s Day to the people who spoil, pamper, cherish, love, laugh, play, teach, and give. To the people who have patience that never quits, impart wisdom beyond words, and have a presence in your life [...]

Playtime Challenge: One Hour of Play

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Here’s an old quote to inspire a new way to play: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato (427BCE–347BCE) This holiday weekend, commit to spend an hour at play to rediscover the little ones in your lives. For 60 minutes, switch off phones, [...]

The After-School Wind-Down: How to Open-Up with Coloring and Drawing Projects

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With the start of the school year comes whole slew of new social challenges: getting to know new friends, navigating different routines, and meeting the challenges of a brand-new grade level. What can parents do to help? Create a safe haven at home with the help of low-key creative play. Here are some ideas: Open-ended [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Reward the Everyday!

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Take a day to celebrate your family by making a big deal out of even little achievements. Everyone will appreciate the applause, and your little “Olympians” may even be motivated to be extra-helpful to up their medal count! This simple Olympic Medal craft makes it easy to spread that winning feeling: Using a coffee can [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Create a Summer Bucket List

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This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Savor every moment of the summer–it goes by so quickly!   -Val Soon the kids will be done with school. . . . It’s time to start making plans for summertime fun! One effective way [...]