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 [...]

New Shape Sorting Clock (and 4 Extension Activities)

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Earlier today on our Facebook page, we unveiled a new Shape Sorting Clock – available now on MelissaAndDoug.com! With bright new colors, a slim design, and lightweight pieces, the toy is a perfect tool to help preschoolers start to understand basic time-telling concepts. As with many of our products, we include extension activities in our packaging and on the [...]

6 Magical Magnetic Doll Activities For Kids!

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Dress-up dolls are a wonderful play activity, as they allow for emotional exploration, creative expression, imaginative play, and more! As an alternative to more delicate paper doll sets, our wooden magnetic dress-up sets are sturdy, reusable play companions that offer a variety of play options every time they are used! For a few play ideas [...]

Creating a Snow and Ice Winter Sensory Bin: Activity Ideas & Tips!

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Let’s face it, kids are fascinated by snow! The more of it the better from their point of view. But, for many of us, snow isn’t something our kids get to experience and explore as much as they’d like.  If you think your children would enjoy some Winter sensory fun, then we suggest that you [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Learn and Play with Big Rig Building Truck

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “When learning is disguised as play, everyone’s a winner.”  -Amy Fantastic learning opportunities can be found in almost any part of the day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.  All you have to do is be ready [...]

Teach Mama Talks: The Voting Process for Kids– Using Puzzles for Better Understanding

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Election time is an ideal opportunity to sneak in a little learning, no matter which candidate gets your vote.”  -Amy The voting process is so hard for kids–and even adults!–to understand, so what better way to [...]

Stacy Shares: Developing A Unique Style

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How influential are you in helping your child develop a unique personal style?”   – Stacy Even at a very young age, my children responded to certain types of clothing more than others. My oldest son (6) is very [...]

Embrace Make-Believe Play this Week!

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If toddlers and preschoolers kept to-do lists, a typical day might look something like this: Give a dragon a checkup. Give a baby doll a bath. Ride a horse to India. [Snack] Get married. Travel to outer space. Drive a dump truck. Run a hair salon. Save the world. Early childhood—especially beginning around age two—is [...]