4 Early Literacy Activities

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Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games [...]

Silly Activities and Treats to Help Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! Share special time with your child and celebrate the most famous scientist of all time with some easy treats and silly activities for kids that won’t wear out your brain. Begin your Albert Einstein-themed day with an age-appropriate book about familiar inventions and the original “nutty professor.” A few to try: Brown, [...]

Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

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This post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (TheIowaFarmersWife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on the [...]

Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

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Prepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their weekday morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The [...]

Presidents’ Day Bingo (Activity & Printable!)

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Written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. In honor of Presidents’ Day, I put together this fun activity that can combine money math with a bit of  presidential trivia. My son had a great time with this and really benefited from the hands-on learning. To play this game, we used the coins from [...]

8 Creative Crafts for Valentine’s Day: A Melissa & Doug Blog Round-Up!

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During the past few weeks on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’ve been sharing some creative crafts your kids can make to celebrate Valentine’s Day! These DIY projects can be used as simple activities, or as precious homemade gifts from the heart.  In case you missed any of our posts, here’s a quick round-up: DIY [...]

It’s SNOW time! 5 Snow-Inspired Activities for Indoors & Out!

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Winter storms getting you down (and giving your kids the “crazies”?) Here are some great ways to stay entertained indoors – and outdoors – when the snow starts to fall: Embrace the Snow! When the snow starts to fall, you may not necessarily need to stay indoors! As long as it’s safe (and not TOO [...]

4 Heartfelt Valentine Gifts Kids Can Make

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Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome. It’s Happy Heart Day again (aka Valentine’s), and more than letting this day be simply a greeting card holiday, it can also be a time to teach children about showing love and kindness to others. Creating a treat or gift to drop off to a friend or [...]

Val’s Quick Craft: Scratch Art Valentines

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This week, our Blog Ambassador Val (Inner Child Fun) shared an adorable craft to help celebrate Valentine’s Day! We love it because, of all the arts and crafts available for Valentine’s Day, this one truly is quick and easy! Here’s a quick overview of her Scratch Art Valentines: 1)      Gather up the materials you need. [...]