5 Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Skin Healthy This Summer

Apply sunscreen often. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all kids—regardless of skin tone—wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply about every 2 hours (more if your kids are sweating or swimming). Don’t forget about the tops of their feet, behind the neck and under bathing-suit straps. Cover up! What’s better […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to […]

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 […]

Stacy Shares: The Reasons I Love Being a Mom

This inspiring graphic is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, created by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. What little moments end up being your favorite reasons for being a Mom? We’d love to hear them in the comments!  —Stacy Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!! I hope you get to do at least a few of […]

Mother’s Day: Make It More than a Phone Call

These ideas for making Mother’s Day special are brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. Mother’s Day (in one form or another) is observed in over 40 cultures. In some, it’s tied to International Women’s Day; in others, it relates to religious festivals. Here in the United […]

5 Pre-Writing Skill-Builders

Creative play is a wonderful way to build hand, arm and shoulder strength, encourage fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and other pre-writing skills! Build hand, arm and shoulder strength. Encourage your child to draw, paint and create on a vertical surfaces–like an upright easel, the walls of the bathtub (try watercolors or bath crayons!), or […]

(More!) Tricks for Developing Language through Play

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Playtime should be full of fun, but it’s also a super time to sneak in some language learning! Did you totally dig the last Language & Play post? Sure you did! Here are two more tricks for […]

Communicate without Words: 5 Nonverbal Tricks that Speak Loud and Clear!

Eye Contact What to do: Look your child in the eye when he/she is talking to you. What it says: “I hear you, and I’m paying attention to what you’re saying.” Tone of Voice What to do: Keep your voice calm and steady, even when your child is overwrought. What it says: “You can trust […]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  –Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can […]