Gardening With Your Kids

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This gardening with your kids post post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. As a child, growing up, I always had access to a garden in our backyard. Every summer I helped my parents tend to it, planting seeds, pulling weeds and enjoying all of the delicious fresh [...]

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 [...]

Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

What is #GivingTuesday?

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You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So what is #GivingTuesday? It’s a day to remind you to GIVE a favor, a treat, a donation, or a special kindness to a charity, friend, neighbor, stranger — whoever you decide — to celebrate the spirit of GIVING. The idea is for everyone to share the [...]

Shut the Box!

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This math-themed play post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Shut the box!! I’m not sure why, but I just love saying that. What’s more important, though, is that my 6 and 8-year-old LOVE playing it!!! In case you aren’t familiar with this game, let me tell you a little [...]

23 STEM Based Play Ideas

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This STEM Play post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Encouraging the kids to get creative and delve into the world of imaginary play is an important part of childhood but the science and technology side of things is also key. I think that’s why I love the growth of the whole STEM Play movement. [...]

Encouraging Early Reading Skills with Toddlers

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This early reading skills post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Many people know how important reading skills are for preschoolers and school age children. There have been many studies that point to the fact that children who are read to more frequently at home are more likely [...]

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 [...]