Teaching Storytelling Skills: 3 Story Starters (Plus Printable!)

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Sometimes, a simple story prompt is all you need to inspire hours of creative, imaginative play with your child. Whether you’re telling silly stories, or recapping a past event, the art of telling a good story is one every child should practice as they continue to develop their reading and writing skills. This Story Starters [...]

“Make-Your-Own-Memory” – Free Printable!

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How do you practice memorization skills with your child? As your child gets older, their memory will be a fundamental part of how they achieve success in school: They will start to recognize patterns, remember key facts, and start to problem-solve. A memory game is the perfect way to practice these skills in a fun, [...]

3 Easy Ways to Get Kids Organized for 2013

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This past week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared a few fun activities to get your kids excited about the New Year. Now that 2013 is finally here, it’s time to turn those resolutions into plans! Here are 3 easy ways to get your kids organized for (and excited about!) the year ahead. [...]

Daylight Savings is Back: 6 “Timely” Activities to Fill Your Extra Hour!

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Daylight Savings is upon us already! What will you do in your extra hour? The concept of “telling time” can be tricky for kids to comprehend—but that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun while learning! And what better way to explore these concepts than during Daylight Savings? If you’re looking for some easy, fun ways [...]

5 New Products to Help Kids Express Personal “Style”

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, it’s all about style! Helping kids learn how to identify and express their personal style can help build powerful communication skills and inner confidence, and this week we’ve been sharing some crafty activities that can help facilitate these conversations. In the spirit of “style week,” we’d love [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Fun, Frugal Shape and Color Sorting

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. The best, most meaningful learning takes place during games and play.  -Amy Often I’ve found that my kids love to play with items that are not necessarily toys.  Mirrors, ribbons, buttons, tissue paper, paper rolls, you [...]

From the M&D Playbook: The ABCs of Sorting Play

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Blocks, beads, crayons, coins, toy cars . . . As any parent knows, children can find ways to sort just about anything. One of our all-time favorites for sorting and grouping: letter magnets! These seemingly simple toys can fuel surprisingly rich play for kids of all ages, and they’re terrific for building pre-literacy skills and [...]

Two Simple Solar System Projects for your Astronaut-in-Training

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“Back to School” time brings out an amazing curiosity in children, who look to apply what they’re learning in school every chance they can get. One topic that never fails to amaze is the Solar System: endless stars, glowing planets, and the joy of wondering “what exists out there” can make almost any child dream [...]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: Blueprint for Block Fun

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If your little builders are ready to take their block play to another level, try creating a set of “plans” for them to follow.  Here are a few “blueprint” activities we especially like: 1. FLOORPLAN: Trace a building (or wall, shape, or pattern) on a piece of extra-large construction paper and ask the child to [...]