An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, […]

Tips & Printables to Keep Kids READING over the Summer

 While summer time might mean you get a break from being a nightly “homework helper” for the next few months, as parents it’s important to still have your kids read and write over the summer. Summer reading loss is real. Don’t let your kids slip backward in their skills — There’s lots of EASY ways […]

Tips for Adding Another Language to your Summer Games

This summer language study post is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Summertime is a great time to learn something new with children!  Learning a new language is a fun element to add to your summer play.  Spanish, French, and Mandarin are in many preschool curriculums but are not as […]

4 Summer Memory-Making Activities for Kids… Indoors or Out!

You can feel it everywhere… summer is in the air. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these creative summer memory-making activities are great for the whole family – or for the whole neighborhood!   4 Summer Memory-Making Activities:    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are […]

Family Pond Study: A Wild, Wet Adventure

This nature pond study activity is provided for our Summer Fun calendar from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. I cannot think of a more quintessential way to spend a breezy summer day than wading ankle deep in cool water chasing frogs with children! The giggles, splashes, and squeals of delight from enjoying a […]

How to Keep a Routine in Summer

Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for keeping kids structured during the summer. Although summer is usually thought of as a time to run barefoot and fancy free, a summer without structure for some children, especially the special needs child, may be very difficult for both […]

Play it Safe! Teaching Kids about Safety through Play

Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares some fun ways you can use National Safety Month as an opportunity to review some valuable lessons with your kids. June is National Safety Month, and what better way to teach kids about safety than to incorporate it into their […]

The Melissa & Doug “Summer Fun” Calendar!

Wondering how you’re going to keep the kids occupied ALL summer long? Don’t fret: Our Summer Fun Calendar is coming!  Similar to last year’s Camp Sunny Patch celebration,  this year we gathered up your favorite bloggers again, and created a calendar full of educational activities, crafts, games, summer-sanity tips, and more! Here’s how the Summer […]

Teaching Storytelling Skills – 3 Story Starters (Plus Printable!)

Sometimes, a simple story prompt is all you need to inspire hours of creative, imaginative play with your child. Whether you’re telling silly stories, or recapping a past event, the art of telling a good story is one every child should practice as they continue to develop their reading, writing and storytelling skills. This Story […]