Rainbow Rice Sensory Activity

Rice rainbow feature

Sensory projects are the perfect activity to focus and calm children. In addition to creating sensory bins, an activity using a variety of materials that children can manipulate with their hands is also a fun after-school or weekend craft. This rainbow rice sensory activity is a quick and easy project, plus you can use the rice in a [...]

Spring Matching Printable

Matching Fun Feature

Spring is (almost!) here! With so many fun holidays happening over the next few weeks, we thought you’d enjoy this free Spring Matching printable! First, download the sheet by clicking on the image sample below, or following this link. Next, ask your child to color the sheet however they would like! Then, ask your child [...]

Silly Activities and Treats to Help Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday!

einsteinfeature

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! Share special time with your child and celebrate the most famous scientist of all time with some easy treats and silly activities for kids that won’t wear out your brain. Begin your Albert Einstein-themed day with an age-appropriate book about familiar inventions and the original “nutty professor.” A few to try: Brown, [...]

Why Do Babies Love Mirror Toys?

Baby with Mirror

As any parent knows, babies just LOVE to see themselves in their mirror toys. What could be more interesting and relatable to babies than another baby reflected back at them — who looks, feels, and moves just as they do? Sure, babies are attracted to mirrors because they are shiny and bright. But mirrors are [...]

From Melissa: My Favorite Springtime Activities

Spring Activity for Kids

As I watch the snow drift once again lazily to the ground, stir crazy only BEGINS to describe what is going on inside my home.  Sledding has lost much of its allure, putting on all the multiple layers ALL of its allure, and the only thought that keeps us sane is the vision of running [...]

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 [...]

New Shape Sorting Clock (and 4 Extension Activities)

Shape Sorting Clock

Earlier today on our Facebook page, we unveiled a new Shape Sorting Clock – available now on MelissaAndDoug.com! With bright new colors, a slim design, and lightweight pieces, the toy is a perfect tool to help preschoolers start to understand basic time-telling concepts. As with many of our products, we include extension activities in our packaging and on the [...]

Top 20 Preschool Classroom Supplies

Classroom Supplies

At Melissa & Doug, we are always being asked: “What supplies do I need for homeschooling?” or “As a teacher, what preschool classroom supplies do I really need to stock-up on?” So, we asked our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) – who has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993 – [...]

Melissa & Doug’s Easter Shop is Open!

Easter Shop Featured Image

Looking for some special Easter gifts? Check out the new Melissa & Doug Easter shop where you can find personalized stuffed animals, basket stuffers under $10, and more! From bouncing bunnies to other sweet surprises, the Easter shop has the perfect presents for the special kids in your life. But, there’s more! As a special [...]