Learn How to Count with Animals

Looking for a simple and fun math activity for toddlers and preschoolers? Learn how to count with animals! Young children learn best with hands-on activities. This is why we love to use toys as learning tools in our classroom, such as when we sorted shapes. We search for high quality toys with removable pieces that fit nicely in […]

Exploring Shapes with Preschoolers

These play activities exploring shapes are brought to us by our guest blogger Sheryl Cooper, of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. Recognizing shapes is one of the first steps in building math skills with preschoolers. As they explore shapes, they are understanding same and different. This is important because it will help them observe and compare everything […]

Outdoor Bead Sequencing Scavenger Hunt

Combine outdoor play and important skills, with this activity from guest blogger Sarah Noftle of How Wee Learn. What makes an awesome learning activity for my busy boys? Well, to begin it needs to get them on the move and learning with their whole bodies (those busy, busy little bodies). It needs to be filled […]

Play and Learning to Walk: #walking101

As people say, once your baby starts learning to walk, things are never the same! Baby’s first step is something parents dream of, right from the start. It’s a treasured memory, lovingly captured in pictures and shared with friends and family. Your first time walker’s world is filled with wonder and new experiences. During this […]

Classic Toys and Timeless Favorites

From babies to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond, Melissa & Doug classic toys are timeless favorites for kids. These classic playtime activities feature engaging themes, innovative designs and heirloom quality craftsmanship, for play time experiences that never go out of style! In fact, many of our toys become cherished playthings that are passed down from child to […]

Learning at Lunch! Smarty Pants Lunchbox Notes Idea

More fun ideas for lunchbox notes, from guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! Even as early as October, packing lunches for the kids might have become routine… perhaps even a little, dare-I-say… boring? Time to change it up a little! You may not be able to switch your child’s foods because of allergies, school rules, or […]

4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For […]

Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Want to help make your baby smarter and stronger? I’ve got the answer… Let them spend time on the floor PLAYING!!!! The time babies spend playing is critical to their development as it plays a crucial role […]