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 [...]

Holiday Tea Party: Teaching Manners & Making Memories!

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The holiday season brings a whole host of entertaining events for families. When we were little, my mom diligently worked with my sister and me to ensure we had impeccable table manners and social skills. For some reason I find myself struggling to instill those same lessons in my own small girls. While ordinary meals [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Roundup: “Junior Foodie Week”

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This week was “Junior Foodie Week” on the Melissa & Doug blog, and we hope you had as much fun playing with your food as we did! In case you missed any posts or activities, here’s a quick overview of what we shared this week. (To add to these ideas, or share your food play [...]

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

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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 kids for some holiday memory making ’round the kitchen mixer! Of course, baking with children naturally takes a bit longer and makes quite a [...]