Let’s Go Indoor Spring Camping!

This indoor spring camping actvitiy is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon. 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, and full bloom. […]

Skill Building Sand Play: 7 Ways to Grow

Skill Building Sand Play Did you know that sand play is good for more than just super-awesome fun? Here are 7 ways you can experience skill building 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 […]

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 […]

The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

by Melissa for grandparents.com Spontaneous time spent outdoors can have benefits beyond your wildest dreams! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing outdoors. When I was young, no one in my neighborhood had nannies. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s free babysitter and the only way she could “get things done.” […]

5 Creative Play Ideas with Stickers

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 […]