“Make-Your-Own-Memory” – Free Printable!

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How do you practice memorization skills with your child? As your child gets older, their memory will be a fundamental part of how they achieve success in school: They will start to recognize patterns, remember key facts, and start to problem-solve. A memory game is the perfect way to practice these skills in a fun, [...]

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

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Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s [...]

Camping With Kids: 4 Ways to Prepare for Your Family’s Adventure

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This summer, we are “hitting the road” – and providing you with some fantastic traveling resources along the way! Every Thursday, right here on our blog, we’ll give you the inside scoop from three top-rated blogger moms on their favorite tips and tricks for traveling with kids. This week, we’re getting some tips from Marnie (Carrots are Orange) [...]

Using Puzzles to Teach Geography

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Our homeschool expert Genny (In Lieu of Preschool) is working on a U.S. Geography unit this month. Earlier today, we shared her American Flag Easel Painting post, which featured creative ways to teach kids about the American Flag using a simple painting prompt. On her blog today, she also focused on using puzzles to teach geography.  Check [...]

U.S. Geography for Kids: American Flag Easel Painting

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This “U.S. Geography for Kids” homeschool post is part of a series (An Introduction to U.S. Geography for Little Kids) from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) This month in our homeschool we are focusing on U.S. Geography. Though my children are young, I feel it’s never too early to [...]

4 Early Literacy Activities

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Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games [...]

Silly Activities and Treats to Help Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! Share special time with your child and celebrate the most famous scientist of all time with some easy treats and silly activities for kids that won’t wear out your brain. Begin your Albert Einstein-themed day with an age-appropriate book about familiar inventions and the original “nutty professor.” A few to try: Brown, [...]

Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

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This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on [...]

New Shape Sorting Clock (and 4 Extension Activities)

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Earlier today on our Facebook page, we unveiled a new Shape Sorting Clock – available now on MelissaAndDoug.com! With bright new colors, a slim design, and lightweight pieces, the toy is a perfect tool to help preschoolers start to understand basic time-telling concepts. As with many of our products, we include extension activities in our packaging and on the [...]