Unwind With Quiet Time Toy Bins

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Even with all the amazing summertime activities you may have planned, chances are your kids will still need a little downtime in the months ahead. So, this week in our Summer Fun Calendar, guest blogger and mom of quadruplets, Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus) shares creative ways to help kids unwind with Quiet Time Toy Bins. Read her [...]

Talking to Kids about Occupations

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Have you ever asked your child: “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”  If you haven’t, don’t worry: This doesn’t have to be a stressful conversation for your child (in fact, it can be quite fun!) While your kids may be too young for “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” or “Career Day” at school, you [...]

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 [...]

Using Puzzles to Teach Geography

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Our homeschool expert Genny (In Lieu of Preschool) is working on a U.S. Geography unit this month. Earlier today, we shared her American Flag Easel Painting post, which featured creative ways to teach kids about the American Flag using a simple painting prompt. On her blog today, she also focused on using puzzles to teach geography.  Check [...]

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

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Earlier 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)      Divide [...]

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

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Celebrate National Puzzle Month by playing with the puzzles you already own, plus download and print this puzzle printable sheet - and let the puzzle fun begin! Here are some ways to enjoy this free puzzle printable: 1) Create a one-of-a-kind puzzle: Ask your child to decorate the sheet using crayons, stamps or markers. Then, using child-safe scissors, have the [...]

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 [...]

5 Methods for Memorizing the United States

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Does your child have difficulty learning all 50 of the United States? Earlier today, our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Let’s Lasso the Moon) shared a few resources designed to help kids not only memorize the 50 states, but enjoy doing so, as well! She suggests: Educational Puzzles Using a U.S. Map puzzle, you can engage your [...]

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors!

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Is your family experiencing some wintertime “Cabin Fever”? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared some great activities to enjoy – indoors! What are your personal favorites?  NEW Ways to Play with Your Puzzles! Does your family have a collection of puzzles lying around – perhaps ones that your kids have either [...]