6 Secret Codes for Kids

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. When we visited Colonial Williamsburg we took on the role of spies. As members of the Rev Quest: Black Chambers we were given a map to follow for clues, had secret meetings with villages and deciphered a few different types of code. It [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

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This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, [...]

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 [...]

Puzzle Play Activity: A “Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt” (& Printable!)

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Last week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared a few ways to enjoy our puzzle-themed printable. One idea was to have a puzzle treasure hunt! Our guest blogger Joyce (Childhood Beckons) expanded on this concept in her recent blog post: Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt! Here’s how the educational scavenger hunt works: 1)      [...]

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 [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Learn and Play with Big Rig Building Truck

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “When learning is disguised as play, everyone’s a winner.”  -Amy Fantastic learning opportunities can be found in almost any part of the day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.  All you have to do is be ready [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Wooden Thank You Trays

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “Wooden Thank You Trays are a crafty and smart way to officially extend our thanks to loved ones.”   -Amy Being the huge Melissa & Doug fans that we are, over the last eight years we [...]

Nutrition for Kids – What Makes a Balanced Meal?

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Have you heard of “My Plate”? It’s the newest tool from the USDA to help families plan balanced, nutritious meals. We think it’s a great tool for playtime, too! Use the graphic (attached) to guide sorting, tracking, and meal-planning activities with your family. Here are a few different ways to play: Print out My Plate [...]