Play Prompts: Magnetic Puzzle Play!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This week’s play prompt is sure to beat the boredom blues!   This do-it-yourself magnetic puzzle prompt is incredibly easy to create and it’s the perfect activity for those times when you are cooking dinner and need the kids to entertain themselves [...]

5 Clever Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

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Did you know that January 29th is National Puzzle Day? Whether your puzzle preference is jigsaw, crossword, or maze, there are TONS of fun ways — for both children and adults — to celebrate puzzles. If you’re feeling puzzled about how you could celebrate this special day with your child, try these ideas on for [...]

Storytelling with Peg Puzzles

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This Storytelling with Peg Puzzles post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Children love to tell stories, imitating and re-enacting their lives and stories they’ve enjoyed hearing. While at play with trains and trucks, my son often narrates events as he constructs, destructs, and reconstructs his [...]

From Melissa: The Story Behind Our Passion for Puzzles!

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January kicks off our series From Melissa, a special corner of The Playtime Press where Melissa shares the stories behind some of our most beloved toys! This month, Melissa tells us how she and Doug created Melissa & Doug’s first fuzzy puzzle. January is National Puzzle Month, which brings me back to the early days of [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]