Toddler Race Car Counting

Toddlers love cars! Well, they love anything on wheels. But cars seem to be the biggest hit. We’ve done many activities in our classroom involving cars, even painting with them! So, I just knew this toddler race car counting activity was going to be popular. One of the most important lessons I have learned as […]

Puzzle Free Play: Sensory Play and a Scavenger Hunt!

Puzzle free play activities from guest blogger Jamie of Hands On As We Grow! Puzzles are an amazing toy for kids of all ages. We absolutely love doing puzzles in our house, from super simple puzzles to 500-1000 piece puzzles with my 8 year old. What I love about the simple puzzles from Melissa & Doug […]

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” […]

Beautiful Crafts Using Heart Shapes

These amazing heart shape keepsakes were crafted and shared with us by special guest blogger Dena Ann Adams. This pretty heart shape trinket box was so fun to make it felt like a present to myself. I love this kit as-is, and I think it’s great – but did you know you can also go […]

Extended Fun for Puzzle Fans!

These extended play ideas for puzzle fans come to us from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. As a puzzle fan, even in my adult years I’ve had various peg puzzles in my home. This was my way of encouraging a future love, building mini puzzle fans to join in on one of my favourite pastime activities. But […]

Scratch Art Crafts: Cards, Envelopes, Gift Bags and More!

This holiday craft tutorial comes from special guest blogger Dena Ann Adams. We’re going to make some fun and casual holiday place setting decorations – whether you’re a crowd with complicated seating arrangements or just a few wanting color and creativity at your table, you’ll love these cards, treat bags, and name cards, color-coded for […]

Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

Art on a Cart: Encourage Creativity Every Day!

Creative Play, Every Day! Melissa & Doug believes that artistic play is a wonderful way to encourage creativity in children. Guest blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home has found a convenient and inviting way to encourage creativity at her home – indoors and out. See how things you already have in your home, and […]

Moving and Learning! Gross Motor Play

This Moving and Learning post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Now that the weather is cooperating it is time to get the kids out and have some fun. Often children get bored with the same old outside toys. Getting a few new multi-purpose items […]