17 Clever Ways to Re-purpose Your Puzzles

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Got a stack of puzzles your kids seem to have outgrown? Check out this collection of ideas for “breathing new life” into your puzzles by using them for storytelling, art projects, scavenger hunts, and much more! Read on for a hefty roundup of 17 clever ways to re-purpose your child’s favorite puzzles… (HINT: If after [...]

The Grocery Store Game

The Grocery Store Game for Preschoolers

This post was sponsored by Melissa & Doug, and brought to us by guest blogger Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus. Our kids love the grocery store. I mean, love the grocery store.  I think it’s the combination of riding in the grocery carts, holding the different items as they make it into the basket, and seeing all of the [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

Fine Motor Development and Your Infant

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Today kicks off a new collaboration between The Playtime Press and Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors will join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! You’ve brought your little bundle of joy home [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers to Welcome the New Year

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas! January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount [...]

It’s MAGIC! Teaching Presentation Skills & Building Confidence in Kids

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Provided by guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play). I’ve read that public speaking ranks as the number one fear in the minds of a majority of people in America, even over the fear of death and disease. With so many classes and careers in life that require public speaking, I aim [...]

Why Do Babies Love Mirror Toys?

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As any parent knows, babies just LOVE to see themselves in their mirror toys. What could be more interesting and relatable to babies than another baby reflected back at them — who looks, feels, and moves just as they do? Sure, babies are attracted to mirrors because they are shiny and bright. But mirrors are [...]

Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

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This post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (TheIowaFarmersWife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on the [...]

Top 20 Preschool Classroom Supplies

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At Melissa & Doug, we are always being asked: “What supplies do I need for homeschooling?” or “As a teacher, what preschool classroom supplies do I really need to stock-up on?” So, we asked our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) – who has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993 – [...]