Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Letter-Writing Kit

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Get your letter-writing supplies organized and let your kids enjoy some old-school fun! Do you love getting letters in the mail? Do you want to send off a quick note to a friend, but tend to lose [...]

5 Pre-Writing Skill-Builders

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Build hand, arm and shoulder strength. Encourage your child to draw, paint and create on a vertical surfaces–like an upright easel, the walls of the bathtub (try watercolors or bath crayons!), or a refrigerator or magnetic board. This position helps strengthen hand, wrist and shoulder strength, all of which are needed for writing. Strengthen fine motor [...]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  -Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can [...]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

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Set up camp. Let your child help plan where he/she and the guest will sleep. (Is there enough space in his/her bedroom, or would sleeping bags in the living room make more sense?) Then add some welcoming touches like a nice pillow, a cute cup for water and maybe an extra night light to make [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Rainy-Day Stamping

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This creative activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make fun of rainy days with this wacky weather artwork! My daughter and I had a great time making these silly raindrop pictures, and you probably already have everything you need to make one too! This is [...]

5 Ideas For Indoor Playdates

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These indoor playdate ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” ——————————————————– The weather is finally getting nice, right? Well just when you think you are going to be spending every day gardening and playing outside, the weather [...]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Creative Ways to Play with Goop!

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This rainy-day activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.  Keep the light of curiosity alive! Goop. Gak. Flubber. Call it what you wish. This slimy, stretchy, science recipe is ideal for experimenting on a rainy day.  When there’s a lull in the action, introduce these ideas [...]

5 Tips for Making Rainy Days the Best Days

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Make it a “Kids in the Kitchen” day! They’ll not only get some delicious results, but they’ll be using math (measuring and counting), observing scientific principles (effects of heat, what happens when different ingredients are combined) and using their senses (smelling the food cook, touching the ingredients and, of course, tasting the food!). Some easier [...]

5 Indoor Creative Play Ideas

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Make Your Own Sock Puppet This is an art project PLUS an opportunity to play puppets all day long! Start with a sock that’s large enough to fit the child’s hand comfortably. Let the child try on the puppet to see where the features should go. (The thumb will be the bottom jaw, and the [...]