Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas! January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount […]

New Craft: Bead Buddies!

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: Bead Buddies! Imagine all the different characters you could create… The simple steps – Use matchboxes or any […]

Lacing & 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 […]

3 Ways to Play and Learn with Mail

Take a walk down memory lane today and teach your child about a time — not so long ago — when mail wasn’t electronic. It’s true… before there was such a thing as “e-mail,” there was something known simply as “mail.” So why not teach your child about the story and the joy of written communication — […]

Celebrity for a (Holi)day: Julia Child

Turn your holiday season kitchen time into a parent-child play day celebrating Julia Child. Introduce your kids to the woman who introduced Americans to homemade French cooking. Begin with a breakfast of French toast, quiche, or Julia’s French scrambled eggs and build your day around Julia’s recipe for living. Be Fearless An ageless female role […]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

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 […]

Hot Chocolate Counting Activity & Printable!

What’s better than a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? And, did you know? There are so many great (and secretly educational) activities you can do with marshmallows! Here are some ideas: *   If you have 3 marshmallows and someone gives you 3 more, how many do you have? *   […]

Favorite gifts for future foodies

It was love at first wooden bite of play cookie. My relationship with Melissa & Doug all started with their wonderful food related play sets and 4 years later our mini kitchen is simply stocked with everything a future chef would need. Whether you’re first introducing your child to the food groups or trying to […]

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

This classic-toy gift guide is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina . . . Today I am honored to share with you a few of my favorite Melissa & Doug toys. In a world filled with gizmos, gadgets, and screens, […]