More Ways to Play and Learn with Chunky Puzzles: 6 Extension Activities

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Did your child receive some new puzzles for Christmas? Puzzles make the perfect gift for kids of all ages, but the Chunky Puzzle in particular (modeled by two adorable fans, below) is a great educational tool for 2-year olds. Acting as two toys in one, these puzzles feature thick, chunky wooden pieces that can fit [...]

Making Room for the New! 6 Ways to Revamp Your Play Space for the New Year

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Ah, another year and another chance to start fresh! If all you see when you look around your child’s play area is clutter, clutter, clutter, it may be time to make room for the new and do something about the old, the broken, and the unused! 1. Make Room The first step to creating an [...]

From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: All About January!

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January is here! For many early learners, another year (or even month) might not mean that much…yet. Here are some educational conversation-starters and activities to help kids understand what January is all about! 1)      “January is…” Take a few moments to introduce your child to the month of January: -          There are 31 days in [...]

3 Easy Ways to Get Kids Organized for 2013

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This past week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared a few fun activities to get your kids excited about the New Year. Now that 2013 is finally here, it’s time to turn those resolutions into plans! Here are 3 easy ways to get your kids organized for (and excited about!) the year ahead. [...]

Goal Setting for Preschoolers (Activity & Printable)

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The New Year is a great time to work with your child on setting goals. From customizing a responsibility chart, to documenting  New Year’s Resolutions, children across all ages can explore and enjoy the concept of setting goals and priorities for the year ahead. Our guest blogger Julie, from ayearwithmomanddad, shares a simple and charming [...]

New Year Number Search

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Say goodbye to 2012 and HELLO 2013 with this fun New Year’s Number Search printable! Instructions: Put a line through each “2012″ you find Circle each “2013″ you find Click on the image to download this printable! For more fun winter activities, visit the Melissa & Doug Pinterest “WinterWonderland” board!

3 New Year’s Activities for Kids (Make a resolution to have fun . . . starting now!)

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While the grown-ups plan to break old habits and sign up for new gym memberships, help your kids take a lighter look at the changing of the calendar! Check out these three New Year’s planning activities, designed to help kids get perspective on the year, articulate their own values, and plan for fun throughout the [...]

New Year’s Word Search Printable

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Ring in the New Year with a little letter practice using our New Year’s Word Search Printable! Simply ask your child to find & circle the words listed at the bottom of the sheet. Click on the image below to download the printable. For more free printables for kids, check out Melissa & Doug on [...]

New Year’s Activity: Blessing Box

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What’s your family’s New Year’s resolution? For guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife), 2013 will be the year of gratitude.  In a recent blog post, she shares how to create a special box with your child to keep track of blessings all year round. Here’s a quick overview on creating a “Blessing Box”: 1)      Have your child [...]