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Family Game Time: Suspend

Lately I’ve been spending more time playing video games. Did you see our Nintendo game preview video? But board games are really fun too and I’ve got another great game for the family. It’s called Suspend and it is a balance game. It’s not one of those games made of plastic, looking like something that will break after one game. The rods are metal with rubber covering the ends. […]

Melissa & Doug June Post – Summer Memories Box

Summer is about creating childhood memories. Memories of fun with friends at the park or family on the beach. Memories of a full summer, of stories to share when school starts again. That’s what I write about in my most recent post for Melissa & Doug. […]

Home Sweet Home for Shopkins

First it was Polly Pocket, then came Littlest Pet Shop and now my youngest is all about Shopkins. Actually, to be clear, my daughter hasn’t given up one version of toy for another; she’s just expanded her play preferences. What is it with these little pint-sized play pieces? And of course there are the accessories in the form of houses, shops, and vehicles that you HAVE TO HAVE for each character group. […]

Melissa & Doug April Post – Tea Time Social Skills

We all know kids like to emulate our behaviour so I have no worries about them following my tea drinking routine. In fact I encourage this behaviour. The ritual of drinking tea can also help build on your child’s social skills too which is what my latest post covers on Melissa & Doug. […]

New York City and Melissa & Doug at Toy Fair

Imagine being presented with an opportunity to work with a brand you love. That was the position I was in when Melissa & Doug asked me to contribute to their Playtime Press blog just over two years ago. I’m excited to say this role is changing (more to come) and to kick things off, I was invited down to meet THE Melissa & Doug at Toy Fair in New York City. […]

Extended Puzzle Fun on the Melissa & Doug Blog

January was puzzle month, one of my favourite activities. If your little kids are looking for more of a challenge with their tray puzzles, I share a few fun ideas in my latest post for Melissa & Doug on their Playtime Press blog. […]

Kids Book Review: Little Chef

Little Chef K’s Kids/Melissa & Doug 6 pages age 0-3 […]

Back to School Friendship Bracelets on the Melissa & Doug Blog

Homework. Sitting in the classroom. Getting up early and going to bed earlier. Yup, back to school is full of change for many parents and kids. My latest post for Melissa & Doug talks about the friendship part of returning to school. […]

DIY Autograph Books on the Melissa & Doug Blog

We’re heading back to Disney World this summer for the first time in a long time. Though my kids are older, my two daughters have requested that we make time to visit some of the Princesses this year. In preparation for our visit we decided to forgo buying autograph books and instead make our own. You can see the full DIY process on our latest Melissa & Doug blog post. […]

Summer Boredom-Busters: Free Printable Activities

The last day of school is just days away here though I know some other areas they kids have already started their summer holidays. I for one am looking forward to a little uniform and packed lunch reprieve and some time away with the family. The folks at Melissa & Doug have partnered with Highlights Magazine (another one of my favourite brands) and put together a free printable Summer Boredom-Busters activity book. […]