5 Fun Ways to Teach Children the Letters of the Alphabet

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Name Rubbings: From cardboard cut out the letters of your child’s name and glue onto construction paper. Have your child put a piece of paper over his name and use an unwrapped crayon (on its side) to create a name rubbing! Tracing Letters: Use hard plastic (the kind that will crack if bent) paper plates [...]

5 Creative Play Ideas with Stickers

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The Neverending Story Game: All family members can participate! On a blank piece of paper, the first “player” puts a sticker down and describes the scene, beginning the story. The next “player” adds a sticker and adds to the story, continuing the general story idea. This goes on until you run out of paper, ideas [...]

Pinterest Contest: Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites to Win!

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Puddles & Sun, It’s Spring Oh My! Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites and Win! Pinterest Contest! HERE’S HOW TO PIN IT TO WIN IT! Visit Melissa & Doug’s Pinterest Page and click “Follow All.” On your Pinterest page make a board titled “Spring Wish List.” In the board’s description tell us why you love Melissa [...]

3 Uplifting Bubble Games for Kids!

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Bubble Colors: Add food coloring to bubble solution to create colorful bubbles! Bubble Painting: Using the colored bubble solution described above, then blow bubbles onto a piece of white poster board or card stock to make bubble art! Bubble Races: Hold a contest to see who can get a bubble from the starting line to the [...]

Tips for a Successful Family Garden

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Choose plants that grow quickly. For little farmers with little attention spans, choosing the right plants is key to keeping interest high. Large seeds, such as beans, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini, are easy to plant and sprout quickly. Radishes are the quickest to grow, but the seeds are small. Cherry tomatoes are a good choice [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Farm Blocks + Sidewalk Scenes

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Sometimes a little change of scenery is all it takes to make an old toy seem like new again. That’s exactly what happened with our Farm Blocks Set, which the kids have had for quite some time, when we took it outside and added a bit of sidewalk chalk!

6 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night

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Pre-screen games. To be sure the games you play are appropriate for everyone in your family, make a “menu” of choices for game night. For younger children, you could lay out a small selection of acceptable choices, keeping games for older children (or games that tend to cause arguments) tucked out of sight. Let the [...]

TeachMama Talks: What IS Reading?

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This fun and educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Amy Mascott. Learning can be fun! With Maddy in second grade, Owen in Kindergarten, and Cora in pre-K, I’m finding more and more that our  time together after school is one of my favorite times of the [...]

Save 20% on Food Play: Get Your Kids Excited About Food & Nutrition

TEXT VERSION: Food Groups $19.99 ($15.99 when you use *promo code NFOOD20 at checkout) Planning a well-balanced meal is child’s play with this wooden set. Items from the five food groups–including watermelon, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, and much more–are crafted of solid wood and come with four wooden baskets for sorting and storage. Extension Activities: [...]