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Lacing & Tracing Activities for Brain-Building Fun

Lacing and Tracing Activities for Brain-Building FUN!

As your child gets ready to go ice-skating this year, take a deep breath, summons all your patience, and let them lace up their ice-skates on their own. LACING is great fine-motor practice, and what better way to start the shoe-tying lessons than with a pair of ice skates or tall winter boots! No ice [...]

Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on [...]

6 Easy Activity Bags for Instant Entertainment (and Learning!)

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This arts & crafts tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. I’m going to be teaching home preschool with my son this fall. With our baby being one year old, I know there will be lots of interruptions. So I’ve already got my back pocket full with [...]

6 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick's Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day probably has you thinking of hunting for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, yes? Well, we’ve rounded up 6 easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts that involve rainbows, coins, and even a color scavenger hunt! Enjoy! 1. Easy Rainbows For a quick way to have kids create their beautiful rainbows, [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Recycled Bead Tray Art Gallery

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This recycled-art project idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Have fun exploring art with your kids!   -Val We love our wooden bead sets from Melissa & Doug! The beads are high quality, and the girls enjoy making bracelets and necklaces. Once the beads are all used [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

12 Things to Do with a Calendar at Home with Kids

Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars! Using her Print Your Own [...]

Learning with Patterns

Why Do We Teach Kids About Patterns

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Patterns are everywhere! They are such a playful way to start working on life-long math concepts with your child.  From the patterns in our clothes, plants around us and even in the way we line up our toys we can [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sort It Out!

  Starting around 18 months, toddlers begin to notice differences and commonalities between objects—which means it’s time to sort and group!   HOW THEY PLAY: Preschoolers naturally seek to organize objects by color, size, shape, texture and type. Feed their hunger for this type of play by providing sorting toys like lacing beads, sorting cubes, [...]