Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

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(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up [...]

4 NEW Toys for Travel (Plus Easy “On-the-Go” Tips!)

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We like our readers to be the FIRST to know about the new products on MelissaAndDoug.com! With long weekends and Spring Breaks coming in the months ahead, we thought we’d share some of the latest travel toys to join our collection. Check them out and tell us:  What are your favorite ways to keep kids [...]

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 [...]

Part 2: 10 Must-Have Art Supplies for Unlimited Crafts with Kids

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Arts & Crafts activities can provide endless hours of creative fun for children – but what do you really need to keep in your craft closet? Part one of our “Top 10 Must-Have Art Supplies” post featured some of the basics, such as crayons, specialty paper, and stickers!  Now let’s finish off our list with the remaining five [...]

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 [...]

10 Must-Have Art Supplies for Unlimited Crafts with Kids (Part I)

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Arts & Crafts activities can provide endless hours of creative fun for children.  But many parents often wonder: what art supplies do I really need to keep in my craft closet? We recommend starting out with the basics. Once you have a few fundamentals, your child will have plenty of inspiration to explore and create wonderful crafts! Finding [...]

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 [...]