Patriotic “Spin Art” Star Garland

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This patriotic Spin Art craft idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison Spin art isn’t just a dynamic and fun way to paint. It also has a distinctive fireworks-like appearance. And, nothing seems more patriotic than red [...]

Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid [...]

Princess Castle Gold Hunt and Number Match Activity

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This number match activity idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Hunts are a big deal at our house and I love hiding things everywhere for my kids to move around and find. Sometimes though a whole house [...]

Learning Letters with Clay Initial Hearts

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Learning letters is an exciting time for all kids, and my toddler is very excited to claim all the letter Ms she sees (” That’s MY letter!”) It was [...]

Hanukkah Craft For Toddlers (and older kids too)

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Get your littlest friends excited about Hanukkah by making a pretty Star of David painting. Making specific shapes can be tricky for toddlers, but this craft makes it [...]

Thanksgiving Thank You Cards: A Simple Lesson in Gratitude

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Teaching your children about gratitude is not easy, but Thanksgiving is a great time to try. We made these simple thank you cards to thank others for things that [...]

Pretend Play Props – Mess Free Necklace

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Written by Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Sometimes all it takes is a great imagination, but sometimes you need some sparkle! My daughter loves her Melissa [...]

5 New Ways To Use : Geometric Stacker

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Geometric Stackers were always classroom favorites while I was teaching preschool. They offer so many ways to teach children in one simple toy. Now that I am a [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 11: Garden Bug Hunt

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 11 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Allison McDonald Click for printable version. Camp Sunny Patch is all about hosting your very own summer camp . . . so when it’s time to go exploring, your own backyard is [...]