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 [...]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: The History of “Unit Blocks”

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Get Ready to Write with Easel Art!

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How is your child getting ready to write?  To develop the strength and precision needed for writing, the best hand position is one with the wrist bent slightly back, allowing the fingers the greatest control and power. Wondering how to maneuver your wiggly preschooler’s hand into the “right” position? There’s one simple answer: Bring out [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 9: Camp Triathlon

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 9 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Zina Harrington. (Click here for a printable version.) Do you have a little Olympian? This weekend the Summer Olympic Triathlon competitions begin. (Watch the women athletes Saturday, August 4, and the men [...]