Create an Outdoor Game Spot

When the weather warms up and the kids want to get outside, we haul the toys out of the basement (or wherever we stored them last winter) and let them play! We have a small yard and driveway, so I try to create “zones” where they can play various games. We already have a sandbox zone, […]

3-D Animation Your Kids Can ROCK!

Keep your troops entertained with this super-simple stop motion animation tutorial for kids! This activity is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon and is suggested for kids ages six and older. Stop motion animation is the perfect way to keep kids occupied (and creatively enamored) on a rainy, snowy, or “too hot to handle” […]

Exploring Shapes with Preschoolers

These play activities exploring shapes are brought to us by our guest blogger Sheryl Cooper, of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. Recognizing shapes is one of the first steps in building math skills with preschoolers. As they explore shapes, they are understanding same and different. This is important because it will help them observe and compare everything […]

Social Skills Developed from Tea Drinking

When our kids are babies we willingly take on the role of care provider, doing everything for them. Sometimes this role is harder for us than our kids to shake. We need to provide our kids with opportunities to learn and accomplish life skills, like tying their shoes or telling time. Building confidence is another […]

Active Playtime – Simple Games for Kids

Sometimes kids get so full of energy that they’ll suddenly drop whatever they’re doing, to go run and jump around. That urge to get up and move can happen anywhere, and at any time. Whether you’re at home, on vacation, or around town, these simple kids’ games from our Blog Ambassador Valerie of Inner Child […]

Outdoor Bead Sequencing Scavenger Hunt

Combine outdoor play and important skills, with this activity from guest blogger Sarah Noftle of How Wee Learn. What makes an awesome learning activity for my busy boys? Well, to begin it needs to get them on the move and learning with their whole bodies (those busy, busy little bodies). It needs to be filled […]

15 Rainy Day Activities for Kids — Playful Ideas for Brightening Dreary Days!

This collection of rainy day activities for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon. The sky is cloudy and gray, the rain is coming down and the kids are (as always!) bursting with spring energy. Take a moment to pause, look […]

Outdoor Sensory Activities

Outdoor sensory tips from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Spring is here and it is a perfect time to get outside with your child and have some fun! When heading outdoors there are many sensory filled sights, sounds and textures to explore together. For some children, these sensory experiences may be difficult. […]

Magical Moments at Toy Fair

Being with Melissa & Doug at Toy Fair is kind of like finding yourself in a giant play room, surrounded by hundreds of amazing toys and activities. It can be spellbinding, and when you add magic to the mix things really start getting exciting! Melissa believes that magic tricks are great for helping kids build […]