5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

New Craft: Bead Buddies!

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Guest Blogger Michelle McInerney shares DIY Toys made from Melissa & Doug’s Bead Bouquet Deluxe Wooden Bead Set! See the spots and stripes and wonderfully varied wooden bead shapes come to life as fun and colorful characters! Imagine all the different characters you could create… The simple steps – Use matchboxes or any small cardboard [...]

Lacing & Tracing Activities for Brain-Building Fun

Lacing and Tracing Activities for Brain-Building FUN!

As your child gets ready to go ice-skating this year, take a deep breath, summons all your patience, and let them lace up their ice-skates on their own. LACING is great fine-motor practice, and what better way to start the shoe-tying lessons than with a pair of ice skates or tall winter boots! No ice [...]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

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Our family looks forward to Christmas all year long. It’s our favorite holiday. In fact, my kids have been writing letters to Santa since December 26th of last year. While their writing and picture-drawing skills have improved immensely over the past 11 months, I’ve realized that I’ve neglected to show them the correct way to [...]

DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

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This creative craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo.  Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint. Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint -       First download the free [...]

It’s World Vegetarian Day! 4 Playtime Tips for Kids

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Break out the broccoli, because October 1st in World Vegetarian Day!  Even if you’re not a vegetarian or a vegan, you can still use this as a learning opportunity with your kids: Explore healthy foods, and some new nutrition tips with these four fun crafts. 1) Craft up some vegetables.  Use construction paper, glue and [...]

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Let’s step into the kitchen for hands-on fun & learning with your child.  Cooking with your child can be a memorable experience but you can also be encouraging your child to read at the same time!  Here a few tips [...]

Inspirational Art Activity: Paint & Play Like Monet!

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Sneak in a little summertime learning with this “Celebrity for a Day” art activity! Your child will learn some fascinating facts about the famous artist, Monet, and enjoy creating their own masterpieces as well.  Begin your Monet holiday with a kid-friendly book about the famous French Impressionist painter. For extra giggles, consider using a faux-French [...]

Back to Basics: Using an Abacus to Teach Patterns

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Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares ways you can use your abacus to teach patterns. One item we use in our homeschool a lot is an abacus: We’ve been using it to practice counting and skip counting since our children were toddlers.  Just recently, we also began [...]