Melissa & Doug Bloggers

Our blogger program brings together writers who are parents, educators, and more. They share ideas, experiences and feedback on a variety of topics including, early learning, education, creative play, parenting, new products and more. Our bloggers are active, diverse, and influential. They are committed to working as a team on behalf of families and children, making learning fun and creative, inspiring imagination, and happiness. Read posts from their blogs (and ours) below!
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Encouraging Engineering: The best toys for little builders are open ended, allowing the child’s imagination to be exercised through interacting with the toy. It’s also great when toys can be shared, combined, or if project instructions are included for kids to get a jump start. But really, all kids require are a bunch of pieces and a few tools to get their building juices flowing!

Connecting After Discipline: Simple Parenting Tips

3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photos *Ask your kids to JUMP

Create an Outdoor Game Spot - "When the weather warms up and the kids want to get outside, we haul the toys out of the basement (or wherever we stored them last winter) and let them play! We have a small yard and driveway, so I try to create “zones” where they can play various games." *What a fun idea

Road trip sanity savers [via Peanut Blossom]

20 ice cream sundae recipe ideas! This is perfect for a sundae bar party. Love the mix of both healthy and decadent treat ideas.

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Counting Activities for Preschoolers: Teaching children to count is foundational for learning math. The best way to teach little ones is through play and hands-on counting activities. *Love this counting caterpillar toy from Melissa & Doug

Family Road Tip: 100+ kid-Friendly Snack Ideas *Great travel resource for parents

Professional Photography Sessions with Kids: 10 Tips for Success *tip #2 is so important for families

Activities for family road trips: How to keep the kids entertained in the car when traveling long distances for vacation *Must-read for parents

Get your children learning with their whole bodies. Create an educational scavenger hunt for kids using wood beads! *What a great outdoor or indoor activity!

Activities for family road trips: Great activities for when you're on the road on vacation *Must-read for parents

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills *love the idea of group invitations to play

Chicken gyro salad: grilled chicken tenders served on a bed of lettuce with fresh tomatoes wedges, crisp red onions, and crunchy pita crackers instead of croutons. Use leftover homemade tzatziki sauce instead of dressing. Perfect light and healthy salad for lunch at work.

Get your children learning with their whole bodies. Create an educational scavenger hunt for kids using wood beads! *What a great outdoor or indoor activity!

8 Ways To Save A Bad Day: Whether I am grumpy, frustrated, happy, silly, angry, anxious, or patient, the mood is contagious. We all feed off each other’s emotions. So, I can choose to keep the day going along the same path (no thanks), or I can do something to change it! Here’s what works for us when things are getting a little crazy… *Great read for parents

Benefits of a Big Home Library for Kids: The priceless reason you should keep your bookshelf full *this is a must-read for parents

Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

Activities for family road trips: Great activities for when you're on the road on vacation *Must-read for parents

Perfectly patriotic dessert for your next 4th of July party! Check out this red white and blue strawberry cream cheese tart. The homemade crust tastes just like a sugar cookie and the filling is so easy to whip together! Travels well and is easy to make ahead.

Mom Photography 101: How to Capture Awesome Water Action Photos *I never knew it was so simple. You can use one of the auto-settings on your DSLR with a few step-by-step modifications. I've got to try this with the kids.

Gift guide for future foodies: great kitchen gifts for kids

We told her "no birthday gifts" and then locked her in a room, literally *We'd love to do an Escape Room adventure with the family. Bookmarking this birthday idea!