4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

Back to School Homework for Parents

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Summer is coming to a close and the sound of school bells are in the near distance. But before we dream of first day photos and plan lunch box notes, here are nine tips to prep kids – and yourselves [...]

FREE PRINTABLE: Healthy-Eating Shopping List for Kids

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This shopping list for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Has your little one been living on a diet of 95% Goldfish crackers? Getting kids, especially toddlers, to eat healthy can be challenging. One of the best ways to get kids to try new things [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

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Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars! Using her Print Your Own [...]

Unwind With Quiet Time Toy Bins

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Even with all the amazing summertime activities you may have planned, chances are your kids will still need a little downtime in the months ahead. So, this week in our Summer Fun Calendar, guest blogger and mom of quadruplets, Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus) shares creative ways to help kids unwind with Quiet Time Toy Bins. Read her [...]

“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 [...]

Goal Setting for Preschoolers (Activity & Printable)

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The New Year is a great time to work with your child on setting goals. From customizing a responsibility chart, to documenting  New Year’s Resolutions, children across all ages can explore and enjoy the concept of setting goals and priorities for the year ahead. Our guest blogger Julie, from ayearwithmomanddad, shares a simple and charming [...]

Gift Guru: The Best Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

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Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like.  Using the arts and crafts your child [...]