Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, […]

Storytelling with Peg Puzzles

These creative learning tips with puzzles post come from special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome. Children love to tell stories, imitating and re-enacting their lives and stories they’ve enjoyed hearing. While at play with trains and trucks, my son often narrates events as he constructs, destructs, and reconstructs his scenes. His “characters” (tow trucks, […]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas! January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount […]

New Craft: Bead Buddies!

Guest Blogger Michelle McInerney shares DIY Toys made from Melissa & Doug’s Bead Bouquet Deluxe Wooden Bead Set! See the spots and stripes and wonderfully varied wooden bead shapes come to life as fun and colorful characters! Imagine all the different characters you could create… The simple steps – Use matchboxes or any small cardboard […]

Lacing & Tracing Activities for Brain-Building Fun

As your child gets ready to go ice-skating this year, take a deep breath, summons all your patience, and let them lace up their ice-skates on their own. LACING is great fine-motor practice, and what better way to start the shoe-tying lessons than with a pair of ice skates or tall winter boots! No ice […]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

Our family looks forward to Christmas all year long. It’s our favorite holiday. In fact, my kids have been writing letters to Santa since December 26th of last year. While their writing and picture-drawing skills have improved immensely over the past 11 months, I’ve realized that I’ve neglected to show them the correct way to […]

There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By […]

DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

This creative DIY Dolls craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo.  Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint. Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint –       First download […]

Fall Leaf Bingo (with Printable!)

This Fall fun activity is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.   Fall is my family’s favorite season. The weather is lovely and the scenery is beautiful. It’s an absolutely fantastic time to be outside playing, learning, and exploring. Today’s activity is a great way to encourage your kids to get outside and take in […]