Fall is in the Air!

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These outdoor autumn activity ideas are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Ahhh!!!  Fall is in the air!! I love the feeling of the crisp air, the sight of school buses going by, the taste of homemade applesauce (or apple cake!), and the sound of football on the TV. Those things [...]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

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Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly [...]

Spooktacular Kitchen Science: 4 Fun Experiments for Halloween

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This Spooktacular Kitchen Science post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The first day of fall has already come and gone. You’re thinking about dusting off your slow cooker, managing your children’s new schedules (as well as your own), switching out your summer wardrobe with sweaters, jeans and boots, and preparing for [...]

4 Early Math Concepts Using Puzzles

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This Early Math Concepts post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. I’ve shared my love of puzzles with my own kids, including four tricks to help them transition into larger puzzle formats. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo Numbers Chunky Puzzle is a great starter puzzle for kids but you can also use it to help your [...]

Playing is Learning!!

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This playtime and skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every day fun and play with our children can be one of the best learning tools out there! Children love the attention of their parents and love to play with them. However, what [...]

Life Lessons Kids Learn with a Dollhouse

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This Playtime Press Post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It.   Playtime is one of the most important things of childhood. Imaginary play with has been a welcomed addition to our house now that my youngest turned 3. She and her big sister have created a whole other world by [...]

teach kids location words through play: 3 steps

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This creative way to sneak some learning into play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   We all love watching our little ones as they play, and there’s nothing parents enjoy more than watching siblings or friends enjoy time together, quarrel-free, their little imaginations running wild. But [...]

WHEELS & WINGS: Activity & Play Ideas for Planes, Trains, Cars, & More!

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Does your little one love playing with vehicles? If it ROLLS, RACES, ROARS, or RIDES ON RAILS, it’s covered in this Vehicle Roundup. Read on for tips and activities relating to trains, cars, trucks, planes, buses, and more! Teaching Kids about Traveling & Transportation “Grease the wheels” for your next family trip by helping your [...]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

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This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]