Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shape Sequence Sorting Set

When looking to stock your playroom with versatile educational preschool toys that provide an incredible play value, the Shape Sequence Sorting Set by Melissa & Doug comes to mind.  Children can sort the vibrantly colored blocks into groups based on shape, color and/or size, essentially promoting shape and color recognition as well as introducing math concepts such as sorting and classifying.  The shapes can be nested and stacked improving motor skills and enhancing hand-eye coordination as well as visual perception.  Additional activities include playing a matching game matching each block to its corresponding shape slot and other fun extension activities included with this open-ended toy.  You will find yourself reaching for this versatile toy again and again. You can buy the Shape Sequence Sorting Set by Melissa & Doug at

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My First Dolly by Baby Gund - Product Spotlight

Soft toys and cuddle toys are popular gifts for newborns. offers a great selection of unique baby toys and baby gifts that will please the proud new parents.

Browsing through this wide selection we found that the My First Dolly by Baby Gund makes the perfect newborn baby gift.  Her body is super soft made of velour fabric.  The clothing is attached, and the facial features are embroidered so no worries about any buttons falling off causing a choking hazard.  This dolly has a super sweet smile that is pleasing to baby.  It is machine washable making it practical for everyday use and keeping it clean and safe for baby. offers a personalization service for certain toys and the My First Dolly can be personalized with baby's first name to make this an extra special gift and keepsake for the new parents.

Visit for this and many other baby toys and gift ideas for newborn babies.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to School - Melissa and Doug Magnetic Calendar Giveaway

As we wind down our last days of summer vacation, I find myself both excited and sad.  I am excited that our kids are headed back to school soon, and this means we will finally be back in daily routines again.  For our kids it also means less time vegging in front of the tv and video games, and getting those rusty brains working once again!  But I am also sad because I really cherish having the kids home and all the time spent together and the fun that we have during the summer months.

By now you have back to school supplies on the brain and are either all set, or just getting started.  If you have a child going to preschool for the first time, it can be a time of great anticipation, and fear as well.  The same goes for kindergarten, especially for a child that has not been separated from their parent previously.  Those kindergarten jitters can be quite overwhelming!  If you have not heard about the book "The Kissing Hand" then I definitely recommend it.  It helped me with my little ones when they were in preschool.  The story is about a little raccoon who is about to start school. He tells his mother about his fears (the fears that children have when they are about to start school).  His mother comes up with an idea that will help her little raccoon remember that she loves him and is thinking of him, even when she isn't there with him. It is a heartwarming and special story to share with your child.

For an older child, never underestimate the value of little love notes you can leave in their lunch box or back pack.  They can be simple words like "I love you" or words of encouragement, like "Good luck on your test, I know you can do it, ". Your child is sure to cherish these little notes and know they are loved.

Getting organized for school can be pretty chaotic, especially in a household with 4 children like ours.  Create lists that you can post for the children that will help with their morning routine.  Something as simple as a checklist that can hang in their bedroom with their morning activities such as 1. Wash face & brush teeth 2. Get dressed 3. Backpack get the idea!

Even a checklist for yourself will do wonders! It can get pretty crazy on school mornings and making a list of things you need to do to get the kiddies out the door on time and with minimal stress will take the guesswork and thinking out of your morning routine and help it go smoother. Pack lunches and put them in the fridge the night before, have backpacks packed and ready by the door and have the kids lay their clothes out right down to their socks and shoes. 

Finally, help stay organized by utilizing a calendar to keep all their activities and homework assignments due dates in one place! If you have not seen our Melissa and Doug Magnetic Calendar, it is worth checking out.  The great thing about this calendar is that it is undated! So you use it over and over again - just use the magnets to post the days, months and year.  Use the included magnets to keep track of important events and holidays.  The bottom have is a dry erase board and a place to store all the magnets.

We want to help you stay organized so we have decided to give one away to one lucky winner to start the school year off on the right track!

How to enter to win one Melissa & Doug Calendar (First one is mandatory - the rest are all optional for extra entries):

1. Please leave your first comment by telling us... What is your favorite Melissa and Doug Toy? We love Melissa & Doug and our list of favorites would be too long to list here!

2. You can choose to follow our blog.  Just leave us a comment and let us know you did.

3. Like on Facebook. Post what your favorite Melissa and Doug toy is there as well and leave a comment that you did for two extra entries! The benefit of becoming our fan on Facebook is that we post great tips, fun ideas as well as coupon codes and new product and sale alerts.

4. Follow @babyscholars on Twitter and tweet our giveaway. Let us know you did by leaving a comment with your tweet url for one extra entry.  You may tweet the following once a day:

RT @babyscholars: #Win a Melissa & Doug Magnetic Calendar #Giveaway

5. Subscribe to our newsletter for new product alerts and special promotions for e-mail subscribers.  Leave us a comment and let us know you did for one extra entry.

6. Blog about our giveaway and include a link back to the our blog and our store for 3 extra entries!

Rules: Contest is open to US residents only. Giveaway will end August 30, 2011 at 10:00PM PST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond and acknowledge their win. If no confirmation in that time frame a new winner will be chose and will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sunny Patch & Other Melissa and Doug New Arrivals at!

Melissa & Doug's new outdoor lifestyle collection Sunny Patch is starting to arrive here at and we are very excited about the whole collection! We'd like to think we picked the cutest stuff from the whole collection. Designed by David Kirk this collection inspires fun and active play. Kids will have fun in the sun gardening or playing in the sand with the Tootle Turtle Gardening Tote or the Blossom Bright Gardening Tote. Girls who love hopscotch will love the Melissa and DougBella Butterfly Hopscotch Game. Check back for more of David Kirk's Sunny Patch from Melissa and Doug just in time for spring!
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