Family Games: The Benefits of Laughter

Indoor fun activities, from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. We have all heard the saying “Laughter is the best Medicine” before, so what is it all about? Studies have proven that laughter can do both children and adults a world of good with its physical, emotional and social benefits. Physically, laughter can […]

Playing Together When You’re Stuck Inside

This indoor play guide is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Some of the best memories I have are the times when my family and I played together. Although winter can mean lots of time indoors and less time outside, it doesn’t mean you have to have less time […]

4 Fun Halloween Games for Kids

This guest post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Since becoming a parent, Halloween has gone from my least favorite holiday to the one I look forward to most. I even make DIY costumes each year, which I NEVER thought I’d do. And our nanny has hosted a […]

5+ Ways to Practice Storytelling (with Puppets!)

 This post is provided by guest contributor Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life.  As we have begun homeschooling our children this year, I have learned in my research of the importance of storytelling. Until the days of “Beowulf” and the “Odyssey,” stories weren’t written down like they are in modern times. Storytelling was used to communicate, […]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always […]

Weekly Blog Round-Up: Embracing Make-Believe Play!

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we challenged you to add make-believe to your family’s to-do list. And what a wonderful week it was as a result!  From an imaginary horseback ride to some fantastic play ideas posted on our Facebook page, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed this topic as much […]

Presenting 4 Pretend Play Ideas (Using Puppets!)

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we have been discussing the many ways to embrace pretend play with your child! From new worlds, exciting adventures, and creative arts and crafts, a child’s imagination is truly limitless. As a parent, you can play an exciting (and important!) role in helping your child in her […]

5 Everyday Tips for Building Your Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

Happy Columbus Day! It’s been over 500 years now since Christopher Columbus landed on American shores, “discovering” the New World and laying the groundwork for another October school holiday. Whichever side of the story you’re celebrating today, we wish you lots of happy family playtime! In the spirit of discovery, this week’s blog posts will […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arr, mateys! We’d be scurvy to miss wishing ya a HAPPY TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Enjoy a day filled with giggles and pretend-play fun as you try out some of our favorite pirate words and sayings. A PIRATE PRIMER FROM BARNACLE BART Ahoy – hello! Aye – yes Booty – treasure Bounty – reward […]