Gardening Playdate with Melissa & Doug

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This playdate idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” “Can we have a playdate?”  How often do you hear that? For us it’s about every day at 1pm as I pick my son up from school. I [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner – Indoor Puddle Jumping!

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This creative energy-burning activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some active indoor pretend play with your kids! Has the weather been a little too sunny for you? Do you miss the rain? Have you been struck with a sudden urge to sing and dance [...]

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 [...]

Let’s Lasso the Moon: Indoor Spring Camping!

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This weekend activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive! ………………………………………………… Ready to go camping . . . inside the house? Set up camp in the living room and get ready for a family adventure! Follow these 5 tips to make the [...]

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 [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Sand Play Bakery!

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This springtime recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and is written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy taking your kids’ creativity outdoors! One of the activities my kids look forward to the most every spring is playing outdoors in the sandbox! They can spend hours happily playing together, engaged in [...]