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 [...]

Simple Ways to Learn with Stickers

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What Can You Learn with Stickers? From Guest Blogger Kim Vij of  The Educators’ Spin On It Stickers are a universal item that almost all children enjoy and can be used in so many ways. They can be used as a special treat inside a plastic container or party bag, a travel activity, a doctor’s [...]

4 Early Literacy Activities

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Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games [...]

Rainbow Rice Sensory Activity

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Sensory projects are the perfect activity to focus and calm children. In addition to creating sensory bins, an activity using a variety of materials that children can manipulate with their hands is also a fun after-school or weekend craft. This rainbow rice sensory activity is a quick and easy project, plus you can use the rice in a [...]

5 Reading Resources for Kids!

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March is National Reading Month . . . so to help you kick things off in your house we rounded up 5 of our top reading resources for kids on the Melissa & Doug blog, to help foster a love of reading in your home! Check these out for activities, tips, crafts, and more in a [...]

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 [...]

Creating a Snow and Ice Winter Sensory Bin: Activity Ideas & Tips!

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Let’s face it, kids are fascinated by snow! The more of it the better from their point of view. But, for many of us, snow isn’t something our kids get to experience and explore as much as they’d like.  If you think your children would enjoy some winter sensory fun, then we suggest that you [...]

Melissa & Doug Weekly Blog Round-Up: Craft Closet “Must-Haves,” Toddler Tips and MORE Ways to Play with Your Puzzles!

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we went back to the “basics:” Basic supplies every craft closet needs, simple puzzle extension activities,  and some easy ways you can survive a grocery store trip – with a toddler!  Here’s a round-up of what we shared: How to Survive the Grocery Store- with a Sassy [...]

4 MORE Ways to Play (and Learn!) with Jumbo Knob Puzzles

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Wooden Jumbo Knob puzzles feature easy-grasp knobs for little hands with matching pictures underneath! They make terrific first puzzles, but did you know that there are many MORE ways your child can enjoy these puzzles (even as they get older?) Here are some ideas: Trace and create An older child (3 years and up) will [...]