“What’s a Tuesday?” – 5 Easy Ways to Practice Days of the Week

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 […]

More Ways to Play and Learn with Chunky Puzzles: 6 Extension Activities

Did your child receive some new puzzles for Christmas? Puzzles make the perfect gift for kids of all ages, but the Chunky Puzzle in particular (modeled by two adorable fans, below) is a great educational tool for 2-year olds. Acting as two toys in one, these puzzles feature thick, chunky wooden pieces that can fit […]

Making Room for the New! 6 Ways to Revamp Your Play Space for the New Year

Ah, another year and another chance to start fresh! If all you see when you look around your child’s play area is clutter, clutter, clutter, it may be time to make room for the new and do something about the old, the broken, and the unused!   1. Make Room The first step to creating […]

From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: All About January!

January is here! For many early learners, another year (or even month) might not mean that much…yet. Here are some educational conversation-starters and activities to help kids understand what January is all about! 1)      “January is…” Take a few moments to introduce your child to the month of January: –          There are 31 days in […]

3 Easy Ways to Help Kids Get Organized

On the Melissa & Doug blog, we love to share creative activities, plus engaging ways to teach kids useful skills. Here are 3 easy ways to help your kids get organized — and get them excited about it! 1) Create a Calendar to Organize Time Using our Magnetic Calendar, or any monthly calendar (purchased or […]

Goal Setting for Preschoolers (Activity & Printable)

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 […]

3 New Year’s Activities for Kids (Make a resolution to have fun . . . starting now!)

While the grown-ups plan to break old habits and sign up for new gym memberships, help your kids take a lighter look at the changing of the calendar! Check out these three New Year’s planning activities, designed to help kids get perspective on the year, articulate their own values, and plan for fun throughout the […]

New Year’s Activity: Blessing Box

What’s your family’s New Year’s resolution? For guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife), 2013 will be the year of gratitude.  In a recent blog post, she shares how to create a special box with your child to keep track of blessings all year round. Here’s a quick overview on creating a “Blessing Box”: 1)      Have your child […]

Side-By-Side Pizza Prep (A Post-Holiday Wind-Down Tip)

For many of us, the holidays means a lot of laughter, fun, love, and—of course—cooking! Now that the holidays are winding down, why not take a break with some easy, low-maintenance meals?  Our guest blogger Tiffany from Peanut Blossom recently shared some great tips on how to spruce-up your frozen pizzas with fresh ingredients! She […]