From Melissa: 3 Indoor Creative Play Ideas…With Costumes!

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Let’s face it: Kids LOVE to play dress-up! But, we believe that dress-up can—and should—be enjoyed year-round (not only at Halloween.) In fact, during the colder or dreary winter months, when many families are stuck indoors, dress-up costumes can give children the thrill of exploring new worlds right from their playrooms. A word on dress-up and [...]

“We’re Going On an Indoor “Bug Safari!” (Creative Play Activity for Kids)

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This blog post is written by our special guest contributor, Sarah from Zoe’s Lunchbox! When the days are cold and dreary, any new adventure we can have inside – where it’s warm and snug – is welcome. Often, we try to adapt things we would normally do outside into indoor activities. One of those things is [...]

5 Cool NEW Ways to Play with Puzzles (Yes, the Ones You Already Have!)

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Does your family have a stockpile of puzzles? Chances are, your kids have either outgrown some, or have memorized the others!! You may need a little puzzle-refresh, and our Blog Ambassador Amy (teachmama) has some great ideas for doing just that. In her recent blog post, 5 cool, new! Ways to play with puzzles, she [...]

Winter Word Search: Free Printable!

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The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Winter fun needs to end! Download this Winter Word Search printable and work with your child to identify and circle the words at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve finished, here are a few “bonus” activities to consider: 1) Ask your child to draw [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Round-Up: Craft Closet “Must-Haves,” Toddler Tips and MORE Ways to Play with Your Puzzles!

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we went back to the “basics:” Basic supplies every craft closet needs, simple puzzle extension activities,  and some easy ways you can survive a grocery store trip – with a toddler!  Here’s a round-up of what we shared: How to Survive the Grocery Store- with a Sassy [...]

4 MORE Ways to Play (and Learn!) with Jumbo Knob Puzzles

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Wooden Jumbo Knob puzzles feature easy-grasp knobs for little hands with matching pictures underneath! They make terrific first puzzles, but did you know that there are many MORE ways your child can enjoy these puzzles (even as they get older?) Here are some ideas: Trace and create An older child (3 years and up) will [...]

From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: 3 Extension Activities for Floor Puzzles

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Ta-Da! Look at that wonderful floor puzzle your child JUST completed!! It’s big, and beautiful, and…finished? Not necessarily! Floor puzzles are a wonderful educational activity on their own, but did you know there are some additional ways you can use these large projects to sneak-in some extra learning? Here are three tips for each level [...]

How to Survive Grocery Store Trips – With Toddlers!

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Does your little one fuss when it’s time to go grocery shopping? If so, Tiffany from peanutblossom has a great tip for getting little ones engaged in the process – and even excited about it! The trick? Give kids a shopping list! Here’s what Tiffany suggests: 1)      Use Play Food and a toy shopping cart [...]

“What’s a Tuesday?” – 5 Easy Ways to Practice Days of the Week

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When a child asks: “When are we going to X?” many parents may typically respond with the name of a certain day of the week. However, for younger children, this may not mean that much yet: “Monday” or “next week” can mean very little while children are still understanding the concept of time and memorizing the [...]