Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

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This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the [...]

5 (Actually 8) Fall Games, Activities, & Experiments

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For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on [...]

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 [...]

Encouraging Little Authors with Book-Making Activities

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This bookmaking post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Before a child learns to write or read, they are read to. Children with favorite books likely recognize favorite characters and series at a glance. This recognition, or “reading,” of text characteristics is the very seed of literacy! What better way [...]

Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals

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This Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Over the summer the kids have enjoyed their letter-writing project. As they receive replies I hope they continue writing throughout the year. Unlike letter writing, journals aren’t reliant on a recipient and can contain ideas and thoughts that your child doesn’t necessarily [...]

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 [...]

From the Melissa & Doug Playbook: 3 Extension Activities for Floor Puzzles

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Ta-Da! Look at that wonderful floor puzzle your child JUST completed!! It’s big, and beautiful, and…finished? Not necessarily! Floor puzzles are a wonderful educational activity on their own, but did you know there are some additional ways you can use these large projects to sneak-in some extra learning? Here are three tips for each level [...]

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

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