5 New Ways To Use : Geometric Stacker

This educational post of geometric stacker activities is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Geometric Stackers were always classroom favorites while I was teaching preschool. They offer so many ways to teach children in one simple toy. Now […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sort It Out!

Starting around 18 months, toddlers begin to notice differences and commonalities between objects—which means it’s time to sort and group! HOW THEY PLAY: Preschoolers naturally seek to organize objects by color, size, shape, texture and type. Feed their hunger for this type of play by providing sorting toys like lacing beads, shape sorting cubes and […]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: Blueprint for Block Fun

If your little builders are ready to take their block fun and creative play to another level, try designing a simple 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 […]

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

Why Classic Toys Are More Important Than Ever

Thoughts on the importance of classic toys from our special guest blogger Julia Goodell. We live in a fast paced world, one in which we race to make things better and generally more complex than they ever were before. The toy industry, brimming with classic products, was quickly caught up in this process of kicking out […]

The After-School Wind-Down: How to Open-Up with Coloring and Drawing Projects

With the start of the school year comes whole slew of new social challenges: getting to know new friends, navigating different routines, and meeting the challenges of a brand-new grade level. What can parents do to help? Create a safe haven at home with the help of low-key creative play. Here are some ideas: Open-ended […]

Get Ready to Write with Easel Art!

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 […]

Honor Counselor Bernadette’s Camp Journal: Olympic Triathlon

Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Bernadette puts a cool twist on our Zina’s Session 9 activity, with her version of a kids’ Olympic Triathlon!   Hello there! I am Bernadette from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and right now at my house the Olympics have taken center stage. My girls (age 6 and 5) have been […]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 12: Storytelling with Stamps

Camp Sunny Patch Session 12 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Amy Mascott. Stamps are often used for card-making, picture-creating, and rainy days. But we’ve stretched our stamp sets (and our imaginations!) for this Camp Sunny Patch activity, and the results were awesome. […]