From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: 3 Extension Activities for Floor Puzzles

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Ta-Da! Look at that wonderful floor puzzle your child JUST completed!! It’s big, and beautiful, and…finished? Not necessarily! Floor puzzles are a wonderful educational activity on their own, but did you know there are some additional ways you can use these large projects to sneak-in some extra learning? Here are three tips for each level [...]

More Ways to Play and Learn with Chunky Puzzles: 6 Extension Activities

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Did your child receive some new puzzles for Christmas? Puzzles make the perfect gift for kids of all ages, but the Chunky Puzzle in particular (modeled by two adorable fans, below) is a great educational tool for 2-year olds. Acting as two toys in one, these puzzles feature thick, chunky wooden pieces that can fit [...]

DIY State Ornaments

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From special guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. As much as we’d love to see all of our friends and family this holiday season, it’s often not possible.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t on our minds and in our hearts! We decided to honor our loved ones, near and far, by decorating our Christmas [...]

Creating a Custom Gift Bundle: Puzzles

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What’s the perfect fit for clever kids? Puzzles! This classic gift option comes in a huge variety of levels and themes, so it’s easy (and lots of fun!) to customize a collection especially for your child. Check out some of our favorite puzzle-gifting ideas below and get inspired to put together a gift bundle of [...]

Melissa & Doug and the 2012 Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

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Melissa & Doug products have been selected as part of the 2012 Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. This annual publication, a free resource for parents and caregivers, features toys that encourage developmental growth for kids of all abilities. Selection is rigorous, and we’re thrilled to have three Melissa & Doug favorites included: [...]

Which Kind of Puzzle Is Right for My Child?

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For building fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills, puzzles can’t be beat! But to many parents, trying to make sense of the huge variety of formats and styles can feel like a puzzle in itself. Feel like you’re missing a piece? Check out our puzzle primer to find the perfect fit for your [...]

Puzzles – At Any Age! Video Round-Up from Melissa

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Last week on the blog, we covered the many different reasons why we LOVE Unit Block activities and projects. This week, we’ll cover another favorite: puzzles. As one of the first toys a child plays with, and one of the most educational, these pieces can help your child sharpen a number of important skills over [...]

State Stats: Fun Facts about the United States

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Learn about the United States with trivia about its 50 parts! Start by pulling out a map, piecing together a USA Map Wooden Puzzle or USA Map Floor Puzzle, or grabbing a USA Learning Mat. Use the maps to point out and talk about the states as you read the trivia. Then add to the [...]

5 Fun Ways to Teach Children the Letters of the Alphabet

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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 an unwrapped crayon (on its side) to create a name rubbing! Tracing Letters: Use hard plastic (the kind that will crack if bent) paper plates [...]