5 Reasons to Read to Your Child Every Day

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  Your child will treasure the time together. For many families, the normal rhythm of the day can be busy verging on frantic. Sitting down with a book is a way to step out of the race and focus on each other. Put away your phone, turn off the TV and enjoy being together as [...]

RYAN SEACREST and Melissa & DOUG Treat the Boys & Girls Club of East L.A. with Art Donations!

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Earlier this month, we teamed up with Ryan Seacrest to perform a Random Act of Kindness: Supplying kids at the East LA Boys & Girls Club with fresh new Melissa and Doug art supplies! We’re happy we were able to help these great kids. Thanks for connecting us, Ryan Seacrest! [kyte.tv appKey=MarbachViewerEmbedded&uri=channels/388452/1640558&tbid=424588&p=4484&height=402&width=560] Read the complete article [...]

Ultimate Birthday Party Sweepstakes! You Could Win $500 in Toys and Party Supplies

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.), 18 YEARS AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 05/15/2012. For Official Rules, alternate method of entry, prize descriptions and odds, visit   http://bit.ly/ultimate-birthday-party-official-rules. Sponsors: 1) Melissa & Doug, LLC, P.O. Box 590, Westport, CT [...]

Stacy Shares: Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

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This family activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Explore your backyard in a new way with this sensory adventure. Gardening with my kids is a big deal to me. It is one of the most rewarding ways we spend time together. There are so many [...]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

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Beanbag Toss: Draw different throw lines for children of different ages. (You might even let toddlers walk up to the target and drop their bean bag into the hole!) Water Play: With supplies as simple as a wide plastic bowl (or water table) and a collection of cups, older children can experiment and learn about [...]

What Lessons Will Bloom in Your Child’s Garden?

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Memory & Sequencing: The process of planting requires gardeners to follow set steps. Your child will use memory and narrative thinking to master the process: Prepare the soil, dig the hole, plant the seed. . . . Biology: Through direct experience your child will see a basic life cycle unfold: infancy, growth, full bloom, death. [...]

Skill Building Through Sand Play

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Large Motor Skills Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play! Hand-eye Coordination Children develop better control over their small muscles as they practice manipulating sand play toys like funnels, mills, shovels, scoops, and sifters. Social & Emotional Playing together in [...]

Read & Play with Allie: Trucks

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Playing with puzzles is a teacher and parent favorite for quiet time, when kids need to calm down. When I taught preschool, after lunch but before nap was always a good time for puzzles because it calmed my students before rest time. But that’s not the only way you can use puzzles; they can be [...]

5 Fun Ways to Teach Children the Letters of the Alphabet

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Name Rubbings: From cardboard cut out the letters of your child’s name and glue onto construction paper. Have your child put a piece of paper over his name and use an unwrapped crayon (on its side) to create a name rubbing! Tracing Letters: Use hard plastic (the kind that will crack if bent) paper plates [...]