teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

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This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But [...]

5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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This creative way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children. Having [...]

TeachMama’s Top 5 Toy Picks from Toy Fair 2014

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This Toy Fair 2014 recap post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Melissa & Doug unveiled a ton of really awesome new products this year at Toy Fair. Check out our behind-the scenes look at Toy Fair, 2014: Like many of their classic toys, a number of [...]

5 Must-Read Valentine’s Day Books for Families

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This must-read books post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a holiday for sweethearts–couples young and old–but as a mother of young children, I prefer focusing on love between friends and family members. This Valentine’s Day, consider setting aside the [...]

Top 5 Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up)

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This top 5 holiday–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity.  Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too.  And [...]

talking about daylight savings with kids: turn and tell clock

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This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. For many parents, Daylight Saving Time is a totally uninvited, unwelcome guest. With a simple flick of the clock hands, we magically “spring” forward or “fall” back.  And our children’s fragile sleep [...]

Trick or Treat – Alternatives for Kids

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Halloween is traditionally a time for sweets, sweets, and more sweets, but who says kids must eat candy from dawn till dusk just because that’s how it’s always been done? This year, though my kids will certainly have their fair share of sweets (we are a sweet-tooth family after all), I’m really trying hard to [...]

5 Must-Have Toys for Baby’s First Year

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This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. With a million, trillion toys on the market these days, how do you know which to choose for your little ones? What toys should parents be looking for in terms of quality, [...]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

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This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks [...]