Understanding Concepts

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This post about understanding concepts was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me that her first grader’s teacher has mentioned to her several times that her son needs help learning concepts. My [...]

A Garden Exploration Table

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This Garden Exploration Table post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStongHome. Spring is nearly here! While we still have snow on the ground and the weather is raw and rainy here, the kids and I decided to bring a little spring indoors. I set up a garden exploration table for [...]

An Easy Card Trick and the Benefits of Magic

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This magic-inspired post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com An Easy Card Trick and the Benefits of Magic Magic and illusion have the ability to open a child’s mind to possibilities beyond the obvious. Seeing a great trick performed will have my kids clustered in discussion trying to figure out the magician’s secrets. It’s [...]

Kid-Made Heart Pendants

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Looking for a simple kid-made gift for Valentine’s Day? We have just the thing. These kid-made heart pendants are simple, fun, and wonderful for encouraging creativity in your kids. The added benefit is that these heart pendants are so beautiful, [...]

Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

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This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the [...]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Let's PUR-Tend... A collection of Pretend-Play Activities from Melissa & Doug

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of [...]

teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

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This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But [...]

A Guide to Counting Activities

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This “A Guide to Counting Activities” post is brought to us by Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome.com Preschoolers are extremely interested in counting. They want to know how many snacks they’re getting, how many minutes they have to take a nap, how many days until their next birthday. Building counting activities into your preschoolers day can be easy [...]

Play with your Food – and Learn!

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Looking for a little mealtime fun, without the mess? Melissa & Doug Food Play sets are the perfect way to introduce new foods to your little one – and even practice preparing and serving food! Cutting Food – Wooden Play Food is an award-winning toy, complete with “crunching” cutting sounds! Use the small cutting board [...]