Chase away the dreary days with tropical grill recipes that make you smile

Though we are in the middle of comfort food & casseroles season, I love mixing things up and using our grill in the middle of fall and winter. When we’ve had too many chilly, drizzly, grey days in a row, our family likes to fire up the grill and make something spicy and tropical to […]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

These ideas for overcoming cabin fever are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you – with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear […]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, […]

Winter Scavenger Hunt

This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated.  The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor […]

Celebrate Winter with a Sleigh Ride Printable!

Whether it is an art project, puppet show, or this new Winter Sleigh Ride printable, we thank you for making Melissa & Doug a part of your Winter season! This time of year is the perfect time to enjoy creative family activities, and to kick the season of beautiful icicles and snow flakes off right. Click here to […]

Winter Word Search: Free Printable!

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Winter fun needs to end! Download this Winter Word Search printable page and work with your child to identify and circle the words at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve finished the winter word search, here are a few “bonus” activities to consider: 1) […]

6 Wondrous Winter Activities for Kids

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home! “It’s the most wonderful time…” can be said of just about any season. But winter can be a time when kids are stuck indoors more often, and get the “doldrums.” So whip out a few activities to bring a little more wonder to […]

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

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 […]