6 Easy Activity Bags for Instant Entertainment (and Learning!)

This arts & crafts tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. I’m going to be teaching home preschool with my son this fall. With our baby being one year old, I know there will be lots of interruptions. So I’ve already got my back pocket full with these colorful activity bag ideas. […]

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Let’s step into the kitchen for hands-on fun & learning with your child. Cooking with your child can be a memorable experience but you can also be encouraging your child to read at the same time! Here are a few […]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

These play-based fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger,  pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle […]

Inspirational Art Activity: Paint & Play Like Monet!

Sneak in a little summertime learning with this “Celebrity for a Day” art activity! Your child will learn some fascinating facts about the famous artist, Monet, and enjoy creating their own masterpieces as well. Begin your Monet holiday with a kid-friendly book about the famous French Impressionist painter. For extra giggles, consider using a faux-French […]

Play it Safe! Teaching Kids about Safety through Play

Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares some fun ways you can use National Safety Month as an opportunity to review some valuable lessons with your kids. June is National Safety Month, and what better way to teach kids about safety than to incorporate it into their […]

Back to Basics: Using an Abacus to Teach Patterns

Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares ways you can use your abacus to teach patterns. One item we use in our homeschool a lot is an abacus: We’ve been using it to practice counting and skip counting since our children were toddlers.  Just recently, we also began […]

3 Simple Tips to Develop Your Child’s Oral Motor Skills

Practicing oral motor skills might sound like “work,” but you can easily do it during everyday activities you already do with your child. Here’s 3 simple tips to practice oral motor skills during meal time and play time: Drinking through a straw: Have your child use a straw when drinking to strengthen oral motor muscles. […]

4 Early Literacy Activities

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 […]

New Shape Sorting Clock (and 4 Extension Activities)

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 […]