Stacy Shares: Cool Tips for Summer Days

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Is summer in full effect at your house yet? The later mornings, the ease of a more relaxed schedule, the all-too familiar sound of the most two repeated phrases during summertime – “I’m Bored!” and/or “I’m Hungry“. My post today will help you nip both those phrases in the bud, teach some simple kitchen lessons, [...]

Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid [...]

Presidents’ Day Bingo (Activity & Printable!)

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Written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. In honor of Presidents’ Day, I put together this fun activity that can combine money math with a bit of  presidential trivia. My son had a great time with this and really benefited from the hands-on learning. To play this game, we used the coins from [...]

How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

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Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids! Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, [...]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

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(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up [...]

From Melissa: 3 Indoor Creative Play Ideas…With Costumes!

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Let’s face it: Kids LOVE to play dress-up! But, we believe that dress-up can—and should—be enjoyed year-round (not only at Halloween.) In fact, during the colder or dreary winter months, when many families are stuck indoors, dress-up costumes can give children the thrill of exploring new worlds right from their playrooms. A word on dress-up and [...]

Creating a Custom Gift Bundle: Play Food and Kitchen Play

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Whether your child is an artist in the kitchen or just learning to recognize favorite foods, our wide range of food-play sets have toys for every taste! Read on to see our favorite “recipes” for the perfect food-play gift, then enjoy customizing a collection that’s just perfect for your culinary kids. Remember to add one [...]

Cookie-Swap Season! Keep the Kids Involved (but out of the way!)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom! 6 dozen cookies. Times two. That’s 144 cookies that needed to come out of my kitchen in 1 weekend for two separate cookie swaps I had to attend. I love to bake with my kids but sometimes mommy just needs to get down to business and [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Block Play in a Winter Wonderland

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie It seems as though my kids can never get enough block play. Whether it’s experimenting with our favorite Melissa & Doug unit block set, or creating their own pretend [...]