Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Round-Up: Craft Closet “Must-Haves,” Toddler Tips and MORE Ways to Play with Your Puzzles!

This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we went back to the “basics:” Basic supplies every craft closet needs, simple puzzle extension activities,  and some easy ways you can survive a grocery store trip – with a toddler!  Here’s a round-up of what we shared:

How to Survive the Grocery Store- with a Sassy Toddler!

How can you get kids engaged (and well-behaved) while grocery shopping? Tiffany from peanutblossom.com shared her tips this week, which include:

1)      Using Play Food and a toy shopping cart to create your own mock grocery store,

2)      Writing a shopping list for your child, and ask her to go around the house and find the things on your list,

3)      Asking the child for input, such as “what should we make for dinner tonight?”

For more advice, read her entire blog post here.

Grocery Shopping with Toddlers

Top 10 Items Every Craft Closet Needs

Arts & Crafts activities can provide endless hours of creative fun for children. But many parents often wonder: what is really necessary to keep in a craft closet? In Part 1 of our “Top 10 Must-Have Art Supplies” post, we share some of the basics, and some simple project tips!  Check it out, and stay tuned for Part 2 next week!

Art Supplies

Extension Activities for Puzzles!

From “Baby’s First Puzzle” – to advanced Floor Puzzles (and everything in-between), there are many ways you can incorporate some extra learning into your puzzle play! Each of the posts below covers a number of additional ways you can use the puzzles you already own in unique, and educational, ways.

For example, did you know that Jumbo Knob Puzzles make  excellent musical instruments?

Knob Puzzle Activities

…Or that Floor Puzzles can lead to some interesting science lessons?

Via @Teachmama1

Via @Teachmama1

That’s all for this week! We hope  you enjoyed our blog round-up! We are open to any and all feedback, play ideas, theme suggestions and questions, so please contact us at mailto:socialmedia@melissaanddoug.com