When I Grow Up: Conversations with Community Helpers

Conversations with Community Helpers

This Conversations with Community Helpers post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. Children begin identifying with career choices quite early, I’m discovering. Daily, our two year old goes to the playroom and asks for his ‘Struction Worker costume. He’ll happily wear it for hours. What will they become when they [...]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

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Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly [...]

4 Early Math Concepts Using Puzzles

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This Early Math Concepts post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. I’ve shared my love of puzzles with my own kids, including four tricks to help them transition into larger puzzle formats. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo Numbers Chunky Puzzle is a great starter puzzle for kids but you can also use it to help your [...]

Number Scavenger Hunt Game

Number Scavenger Hunt Using Puzzles

Number Scavenger Hunt Game by Kim Vij This learning post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Making an investment in wooden puzzles is one of the smartest things you can do as a parent for your child. However, at times they sit on the toy shelf and we wonder [...]

“Pieces of the Puzzle”: A Level-by-Level Guide

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Puzzled by which puzzle is right for your kids? This easy reference guide walks you through the options – including chunky shapes and boards, sturdy wooden jigsaws, giant floor puzzles, and more! Use it to find just the right fit for puzzlers of every age and stage. You can find our Puzzle Guide by clicking [...]

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles

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Does your child love to play with puzzles? Share these fun facts as a family! The first jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 when John Spilsbury, an English cartographer, chopped up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public to reassemble it. He called it a “dissected puzzle.” Jigsaw puzzles got their name because [...]

Puzzle Play Activity: A “Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt” (& Printable!)

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Last week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared a few ways to enjoy our puzzle-themed printable. One idea was to have a puzzle treasure hunt! Our guest blogger Joyce (Childhood Beckons) expanded on this concept in her recent blog post: Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt! Here’s how the educational scavenger hunt works: 1)      [...]

Create-Your-Own Puzzle Printable (Plus 3 Activity Tips!)

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It’s National Puzzle Day! In addition to playing with the puzzles you already own, download and print this puzzle-themed activity sheet! Here are some ways to enjoy this free printable: 1) Create a one-of-a-kind puzzle: Ask your child to color the sheet using crayons or markers. Then, using child-safe scissors, have the child cut (or, depending [...]

From Melissa: The Story Behind Our Passion for Puzzles!

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In celebration of “National Puzzle Day,” Melissa shares some background on how our passion for puzzles began! Today is National Puzzle Day, which brings me back to the early days of puzzles and why puzzles were not only our VERY FIRST category of wooden products, but the dearest to my heart!!!  I am convinced that [...]