Val’s Crafty Corner: Beaded Necklaces for Mom

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This creative play craft and activity for Mother’s Day is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Make a beautiful bracelet or necklace for Mom with this pretty bead “bouquet!”   – Valerie These beaded necklaces are so much fun to make, and they would be such a special [...]

5 Pre-Writing Skill-Builders

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Build hand, arm and shoulder strength. Encourage your child to draw, paint and create on a vertical surfaces–like an upright easel, the walls of the bathtub (try watercolors or bath crayons!), or a refrigerator or magnetic board. This position helps strengthen hand, wrist and shoulder strength, all of which are needed for writing. Strengthen fine motor [...]

(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 [...]

5 Creative Play Ideas with Stickers

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The Neverending Story Game: All family members can participate! On a blank piece of paper, the first “player” puts a sticker down and describes the scene, beginning the story. The next “player” adds a sticker and adds to the story, continuing the general story idea. This goes on until you run out of paper, ideas [...]

3 Uplifting Bubble Games for Kids!

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Bubble Colors: Add food coloring to bubble solution to create colorful bubbles! Bubble Painting: Using the colored bubble solution described above, blow your bubbles onto a piece of poster board or card stock to make bubble art. Bubble Races: Hold a contest to see who can get a bubble from the starting line to the finish line without [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Farm Blocks + Sidewalk Scenes

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Sometimes a little change of scenery is all it takes to make an old toy seem like new again. That’s exactly what happened with our Farm Blocks Set, which the kids have had for quite some time, when we took it outside and added a bit of sidewalk chalk!

TeachMama Talks: What IS Reading?

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This fun and educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Amy Mascott. Learning can be fun! With Maddy in second grade, Owen in Kindergarten, and Cora in pre-K, I’m finding more and more that our  time together after school is one of my favorite times of the [...]

Save 20% on Food Play: Get Your Kids Excited About Food & Nutrition

TEXT VERSION: Food Groups $19.99 ($15.99 when you use *promo code NFOOD20 at checkout) Planning a well-balanced meal is child’s play with this wooden set. Items from the five food groups–including watermelon, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, and much more–are crafted of solid wood and come with four wooden baskets for sorting and storage. Extension Activities: [...]

Happy Chocolate Cupcake Day!

Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set : Wooden Play Food : Toy Cupcakes Set by Melissa & Doug Giveaway: 10/18/11 only! TO ENTER:  Like Us on Facebook, find the Bake & Decorate Cupcakes giveaway post, and follow the instructions to enter! Ends midnight 10/18/11. (MSRP $19.99) Be sure your little baker uses the oven mitt to [...]