Earth Friendly Grocery Store Play

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and even though your toddler may not understand the full meaning of Earth Day you can still include them in some great pretend play with recyclables. My daughter loves to pretend, and one of our favorite set-ups is the grocery store. For Earth Day we decided to raid [...]

Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

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These “Baking with Kids” activities are from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) My kids love helping in the kitchen, and it is such a great way to incorporate learning into everyday life! This week we baked blueberry banana muffins. Then we took the learning further with some extension activities: [...]

Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

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These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three [...]

Encourage Healthy Eating with a “Kid’s Restaurant”!

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This “Healthy Eating for Kids” article is written by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat What better way for your child to learn about healthy eating than to play with it! By creating your very own Kid’s Restaurant, your child will learn to not only identify several different food items, but will learn that making good [...]

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 [...]

Stacy Shares: A Valentine’s Quest

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “One of the best parts of being a mom is finding ways to make learning and life lessons fun.”   –Stacy It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d share a fun little quest we’ve been working on this month. We [...]

How to Create Secret Play Spaces (in Exciting New Places!)

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Does your home have oddly-shaped nooks, corners, closets, or crannies? Rather than using them for storage, consider creating a secret, exciting new play space for your kids! Children love exploring these types of spaces: the sense of exploration and excitement is a powerful driver for imaginative play, which is why spaces like attics, crawl spaces, [...]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

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(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up [...]

10 Must-Haves for the Dress-Up Barrel! (Plus 3 Creative Play Ideas)

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. What child doesn’t enjoy pretending to be someone or something else? Dress-up play is role-play at its most authentic, and role-play for children should be just that: PLAY! As a parent, you can help facilitate this play by providing a wide variety of costumes and [...]