(More!) Tricks for Developing Language through Play

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Playtime should be full of fun, but it’s also a super time to sneak in some language learning! Did you totally dig the last Language & Play post? Sure you did! Here are two more tricks for [...]

Communicate without Words: 5 Nonverbal Tricks that Speak Loud and Clear!

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Eye Contact What to do: Look your child in the eye when he/she is talking to you. What it says: “I hear you, and I’m paying attention to what you’re saying.” Tone of Voice What to do: Keep your voice calm and steady, even when your child is overwrought. What it says: “You can trust [...]

Rainy Day Fun: Number Hunt

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Easter is over, but my kids are still eager to hunt for things. When the weather is nice we head outside and hunt for bugs and worms and heart-shaped rocks but when it’s raining we hunt for numbers! A number hunt is a great learning-and-playing rainy-day activity. Melissa & Doug Chunky Number Puzzle is the [...]

Chat with Children: Talk, Listen and Learn

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This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. What better way to chat with children than while their hands are busy crafting?  -Amy It’s easy to forget that time with our kids–even if it’s just sitting next to them as kids are crafting or snacking–can [...]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

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Set up camp. Let your child help plan where he/she and the guest will sleep. (Is there enough space in his/her bedroom, or would sleeping bags in the living room make more sense?) Then add some welcoming touches like a nice pillow, a cute cup for water and maybe an extra night light to make [...]

5 Ideas For Indoor Playdates

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These indoor playdate ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” ——————————————————– The weather is finally getting nice, right? Well just when you think you are going to be spending every day gardening and playing outside, the weather [...]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Creative Ways to Play with Goop!

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This rainy-day activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.  Keep the light of curiosity alive! Goop. Gak. Flubber. Call it what you wish. This slimy, stretchy, science recipe is ideal for experimenting on a rainy day.  When there’s a lull in the action, introduce these ideas [...]

5 Tips for Making Rainy Days the Best Days

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Make it a “Kids in the Kitchen” day! They’ll not only get some delicious results, but they’ll be using math (measuring and counting), observing scientific principles (effects of heat, what happens when different ingredients are combined) and using their senses (smelling the food cook, touching the ingredients and, of course, tasting the food!). Some easier [...]

Stacy Shares: 5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

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These “Earth Week” ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Show your appreciation for the planet all week! Done right, Earth Day should help you refocus on the planet in a way that lasts much longer than a single day. (Especially if your Sunday was a [...]