Mother’s Day Activities

Four Foolproof Ideas for the Best Mother’s Day Ever… Yes, Mother’s Day activities are supposed to be all about us moms. Put up our feet, relax, and don’t lift a finger, right? However, we all know sometimes the reality can be, um, well, a little different. Of course, our kids have good intentions. The best, in fact. […]

How to Plan a Family Picnic

Plan a family picnic, with tips from guest blogger Sara of Bitz & Giggles. Let’s be honest. When our husbands or kids ask us what we’d like for Mother’s Day, we often daydream about cuddling up in a chair with a good book, spending a day at the spa or heading to the beach to just soak […]

Toy Fair 2016 – Countless Ways to Play!

“Toy Fair”. . . put those words together, and they stir broad smiles and imaginative thoughts in children. For Melissa & Doug, Toy Fair means getting together with friends at a gigantic sound puzzle, and sharing ideas that can inspire countless ways to play! This year at Toy Fair, Melissa and Doug got to hang out with our Blog […]

Breakfast Play Time Activities

Are your kids eager eaters, or do they tend to be a little picky? Whatever a child’s view of the daily menu, food-centered play can help expand a child’s imagination, build his or her confidence, and even encourage them to try new foods. Why not explore the first meal of the day with a little […]

Treats for Future Foodies!

Our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom, has been busy whipping up a delightful mix of the “tastiest” play ingredients for future foodies. Junior chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs of tomorrow can serve up high tea, bake up the finest in pretend play patisseries, or add some extra flavor to their favorite make-believe meals. Something fresh and new is […]

Introducing International Foods to Kids!

This post about introducing international foods to kids is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. It is sometimes hard to admit, but very often our children eat foods WE like. If a parent models healthy eating and often has a wide variety of fruits and […]

Fall Comfort Foods: 10+ Playful Pumpkin Recipes to Warm Your Family ‘s Heart

The Family Kitchen: These playful pumpkin recipes are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. When the leaves start to change, so do my taste buds. Suddenly, everything pumpkin sounds delicious. While I adore pumpkin desserts, there are many […]

10 Fabulous Food Play Ideas for Children: A Roundup!

As a new parent, you first tell your kids to STOP putting things in their mouth. Then, as your kids get older, you find yourself cajoling them at the dinner table, “Put a little bit in your mouth and swallow. Just try it. Please? For me?” Sheesh! What’s a parent to do? Today, we at Melissa […]

Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But […]