5 Cool NEW Ways to Play with Puzzles (Yes, the Ones You Already Have!)

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Does your family have a stockpile of puzzles? Chances are, your kids have either outgrown some, or have memorized the others!! You may need a little puzzle-refresh, and our Blog Ambassador Amy (teachmama) has some great ideas for doing just that. In her recent blog post, 5 cool, new! Ways to play with puzzles, she [...]

10 Must-Have Art Supplies for Unlimited Crafts with Kids (Part I)

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Arts & Crafts activities can provide endless hours of creative fun for children.  But many parents often wonder: what art supplies do I really need to keep in my craft closet? We recommend starting out with the basics. Once you have a few fundamentals, your child will have plenty of inspiration to explore and create wonderful crafts! Finding [...]

4 MORE Ways to Play (and Learn!) with Jumbo Knob Puzzles

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Wooden Jumbo Knob puzzles feature easy-grasp knobs for little hands with matching pictures underneath! They make terrific first puzzles, but did you know that there are many MORE ways your child can enjoy these puzzles (even as they get older?) Here are some ideas: Trace and create An older child (3 years and up) will [...]

From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: 3 Extension Activities for Floor Puzzles

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Ta-Da! Look at that wonderful floor puzzle your child JUST completed!! It’s big, and beautiful, and…finished? Not necessarily! Floor puzzles are a wonderful educational activity on their own, but did you know there are some additional ways you can use these large projects to sneak-in some extra learning? Here are three tips for each level [...]

How to Survive Grocery Store Trips – With Toddlers!

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Does your little one fuss when it’s time to go grocery shopping? If so, Tiffany from peanutblossom has a great tip for getting little ones engaged in the process – and even excited about it! The trick? Give kids a shopping list! Here’s what Tiffany suggests: 1)      Use Play Food and a toy shopping cart [...]

“What’s a Tuesday?” – 5 Easy Ways to Practice Days of the Week

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When a child asks: “When are we going to X?” many parents may typically respond with the name of a certain day of the week. However, for younger children, this may not mean that much yet: “Monday” or “next week” can mean very little while children are still understanding the concept of time and memorizing the [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Round-Up: 5 Inspirational Ideas for the New Year

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we focused on helping you kick off 2013 with some exciting and inspirational activities and projects. From free printables to organizational tips, we think you’ll find something in our Blog Post round-up to help support your family’s resolutions for the New Year. If you have any feedback [...]

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 [...]