Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer?  These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you - with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!).  I hear so many parents [...]

Free Valentine’s Day Printable: Heartfelt Mini Notes!

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Spread the love and create a heartfelt mini note for your valentine! This free Melissa & Doug printable includes a template for your mini note, as well as an envelope for a sweet delivery! Just click here to print!

Melissa & Doug’s 100 Toys to Cure Cabin Fever!

We know what it’s like to be cooped up all winter long – our headquarters are in New England! If your kids are climbing the walls (check!) and itching for something NEW to do (check!), we proudly present our 100 Toys to Cure Cabin Fever! Our Toys to Cure Cabin Fever will stimulate kids’ creativity, get [...]

Play Prompts: Magnetic Puzzle Play!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This week’s play prompt is sure to beat the boredom blues!   This do-it-yourself magnetic puzzle prompt is incredibly easy to create and it’s the perfect activity for those times when you are cooking dinner and need the kids to entertain themselves [...]

5 Clever Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

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Did you know that January 29th is National Puzzle Day? Whether your puzzle preference is jigsaw, crossword, or maze, there are TONS of fun ways — for both children and adults — to celebrate puzzles. If you’re feeling puzzled about how you could celebrate this special day with your child, try these ideas on for [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]

Storytelling with Peg Puzzles

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This Storytelling with Peg Puzzles post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Children love to tell stories, imitating and re-enacting their lives and stories they’ve enjoyed hearing. While at play with trains and trucks, my son often narrates events as he constructs, destructs, and reconstructs his [...]

Winter Scavenger Hunt

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated.  The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

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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 [...]