Val’s Crafty Corner – Indoor Puddle Jumping!

This creative energy-burning activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some active indoor pretend play with your kids! Has the weather been a little too sunny for you? Do you miss the rain? Have you been struck with a sudden urge to sing and dance […]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

When the warm weather starts and school breaks begin, kids of different ages can suddenly find themselves spending time together . . . and thinking, “What now?” Whether you’re having a multi-family playdate or your kids aren’t sure what they have in common with the other children in the neighborhood, these timeless outdoor activities could […]

Let’s Lasso the Moon: Indoor Spring Camping!

This weekend activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive! ………………………………………………… Ready to go camping . . . inside the house? Set up camp in the living room and get ready for a family adventure! Follow these 5 tips to make the […]

What Lessons Will Bloom in Your Child’s Garden?

Memory & Sequencing: The process of planting requires gardeners to follow set steps. Your child will use memory and narrative thinking to master the process: Prepare the soil, dig the hole, plant the seed. . . . Biology: Through direct experience your child will see a basic life cycle unfold: infancy, growth, full bloom, death. […]

Skill Building Through Sand Play

Large Motor Skills Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play! Hand-eye Coordination Children develop better control over their small muscles as they practice manipulating sand play toys like funnels, mills, shovels, scoops, and sifters. Social & Emotional Playing together in […]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Sand Play Bakery!

This springtime recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and is written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy taking your kids’ creativity outdoors! One of the activities my kids look forward to the most every spring is playing outdoors in the sandbox! They can spend hours happily playing together, engaged in […]

Read & Play with Allie: Trucks

Playing with puzzles is a teacher and parent favorite for quiet time, when kids need to calm down. When I taught preschool, after lunch but before nap was always a good time for puzzles because it calmed my students before rest time. But that’s not the only way you can use puzzles; they can be […]

TeachMama Talks: Love the Letters of the Alphabet

This educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Learning can be fun! My kids seem to go for anything I call a “game”—so whether it’s the “get your coat and shoes on” game, the “eat your breakfast” game or the “finish the puzzle” game, usually my […]

5 Fun Ways to Teach Children the Letters of the Alphabet

Name Rubbings: From cardboard cut out the letters of your child’s name and glue onto construction paper. Have your child put a piece of paper over his name and use a crayon (on its side) to create a name rubbing! Tracing Letters: Use sturdy paper plates for this. With a marker write your child’s name, the […]