All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

Environmental Print in Road Signs

This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

The Family Kitchen + 7 Tips for a Calm Dinner (From Parents)!

Tips for a Calm Dinner: & suggestions from parents *great list of ideas

What’s for dinner tonight? The time and effort that goes into planning a family dinner can be exhausting. To help with this struggle, Melissa & Doug is collaborating with three creative parents to provide you the ultimate family kitchen resource. The family dinner table is a great a place to connect with your kids. The [...]

Playtime with Toy Vehicles

Train Straight on

Trains, planes, boats and cars are all part of the wonderful world of toy vehicles! Even very young children can become fascinated with fire trucks, bright yellow buses on their way to school or trains chugging down the tracks. Whatever the inspiration, vehicles become a favorite playtime activity for many girls and boys! Zoooom!  These four squeezable Pull-Back Vehicles roll quickly across the floor, after being pulled back gently and released. Special “rev-up” wheels make it easy [...]

“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

Encouraging Little Authors with Book-Making Activities

bookmaking for little authors

This bookmaking post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Before a child learns to write or read, they are read to. Children with favorite books likely recognize favorite characters and series at a glance. This recognition, or “reading,” of text characteristics is the very seed of literacy! What better way [...]

Simple Handprint Craft for Grandparents Day!

Simple-Handprint-Craft

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Grandparents Day is fast approaching and will be here on the first Sunday of September, following Labor Day. Are you thinking that you didn’t know Grandparents Day was this soon? Don’t worry, you still have time to create a simple [...]

Exploring Patriotic Symbols through Crafts

Bald Eagle Puppet 2

This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. America is a land of great variety – every state has its own bird, flag, tree, flower, and landmarks. With our country’s rich history, we have many people, buildings, and symbols that express our nation’s heritage of freedom. In time [...]

Developing Children’s Fine Motor Skills: An Activity Roundup

(Pinnable) Developing Children's FINE MOTOR SKILLS - A Back-to-School Activity Roundup from Melissa & Doug

Today, we’re sharing a compilation of easy and engaging toy, game, and activity ideas to support and enhance children’s fine motor development. Whereas gross motor skills involve large-scale bodily movements (like running and jumping), fine motor skills are what help infants, toddlers, and school-age children control and use the tiny muscles in their hands and [...]

Learning Fine Motor Skills with Wooden Beads and Letters, too!

Learning Fine Motor Skills for Back to School

This Fine Motor Skills Activity is brought to us by Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It One of the fundamental skills that we encourage our children to develop early is their Fine Motor Skills. Getting ready to gear up for Back to School is on everyone’s mind, and this is one of the [...]