Simple Ways to Learn with Stickers

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What Can You Learn with Stickers? From Guest Blogger Kim Vij of  The Educators’ Spin On It Stickers are a universal item that almost all children enjoy and can be used in so many ways. They can be used as a special treat inside a plastic container or party bag, a travel activity, a doctor’s [...]

Download Our Free Springtime Fun Mini Mag!

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Ready for spring to arrive? So are we! So, we gathered some great springtime fun activities with our friends from Highlights to help you–and your child—start to enjoy this “sometimes-rainy, sometimes-sunny” season! This free Mini Mag printable is available here. By downloading the free Mini Mag, you’ll get: Six original puzzles, crafts, and activities to celebrate spring [...]

3 Simple Tips to Develop Your Child’s Oral Motor Skills

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Practicing oral motor skills might sound like “work,” but you can easily do it during everyday activities you already do with your child. Here’s 3 simple tips to practice oral motor skills during meal time and play time: Drinking through a straw: Have your child use a straw when drinking to strengthen oral motor muscles. [...]

How to Host a Butterfly Birthday Party

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Over on teach mama today, our Blog Ambassador Amy shares some adorable tips on how to host a Butterfly Birthday Party! We couldn’t resist posting some of the adorable tips and photos with you here: For her little one’s sixth birthday, Amy planned a simply delightful butterfly-themed event. With a few friends, she planned some sweet treats (you [...]

4 Easter-Inspired Activities for Kids

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We’re putting the “ease” in “Easter” (It’s in there…really. You just have to hunt a bit!) with these 4 Easter-inspired activities from our blog to help you get ready for the holiday in two shakes of a bunny’s tail. *** 1.       Last-Minute Easter Bookmarks Cut two small, red potatoes in half, and you’ve got four [...]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

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This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help [...]

2 Play-Based Tools for Oral Motor Success!

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Children need to build their oral motor skills to eat, swallow, speak, and make facial expressions (to say the least!)  To do all of these properly, children must first develop awareness, strength, and control of the muscles in their face and mouth. Activities that require children to use pursed lips — such as playing certain wind [...]

4 Early Literacy Activities

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Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games [...]

First Day of Spring Flower Craft

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This Spring Flower Craft is provided by special guest blogger Roo Ciambriello: * * * With the first day of Spring comes the anticipation of warm weather and bright, sunny days. Here’s a fun “First Day of Spring Flower Craft” to help celebrate the new season! We started out with the Melissa & Doug Finger Paint [...]