Blog Ambassador Zina Celebrates 25 Years…with Cookies!

To celebrate our 25 year anniversary, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shares why the Slice and Bake Cookie Set is her all-time-favorite Melissa & Doug toy. Inspired by her children’s desire to emulate parents in the kitchen, Melissa shares why she originally created this product here: Pop on over to find out […]

Have A Beach Day In Your Own Backyard

Summer is synonymous with sun and sand and surf, but what if you live in one of the land locked states or can’t get to the shore as often as you’d like? Are you destined for a not-so-awesome summer? We think not. Creating a backyard beach experience is simple to do and doesn’t cost much […]

How to Survive Grocery Store Trips – With Toddlers!

Does your little one fuss when it’s time to go grocery shopping? If so, Tiffany from Peanut Blossom has great tips for getting little ones engaged in the shopping process – and helping you survive grocery store trips with toddlers! The trick? Give kids a shopping list! Here’s what Tiffany suggests: 1)      Use Play Food […]

Holiday Baking with Kids: How to Keep it Fun (Without Destroying Your Kitchen!)

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! The holidays are looming, your to-do list is growing by the day. Now is the perfect time to gather your children for some holiday memory making ’round the kitchen mixer! Of course, baking with kids naturally takes a bit longer and makes quite a […]

“Junior Foodie” Activity: Lunchbox Creations

This Junior Foodie Lunchbox Creations blog post is written by our special guest contributor, Sarah from Zoe’s Lunchbox! You know the old saying, “Don’t play with your food”? Well, there’s a reason it’s an old saying. Getting kids involved with what they eat can make mealtimes more exciting, educational, fun, and perhaps, even, adventurous. Fortunately, there are […]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

When it comes to nutrition for kids, what makes a balanced meal? Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s a tool from the USDA, intended to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. […]

Play with Your Food! (It’s Junior Foodie Week at blog.MelissaAndDoug.com!)

How do you build healthy habits that last a lifetime? Let kids explore new foods, talk about flavors, and even get involved in dinner prep—all in a playful way! This week we’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with our food, from pretend-play restaurants with toy-food entrees to real recipes that kids can […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Play Food Is Good for You!

Want a fun after-school activity? Get your kids involved in meal planning by using play food to act out healthy habits! Here are three of our favorite ways to play with food toys—with a lunchbox spin for back to school! Pack it up: Encourage your kids to have fun with nutrition by letting them pack […]

Teach Mama Talks: 5 Ideas for Mixed Age Playdates

This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s very common to have children of mixed ages during playdates, especially when siblings, cousins and neighbors join in on the fun. The more (ages), the merrier, in my opinion!  –Amy Summer’s almost here, which often […]