5 Brain Games for Kids!

5 Brain Games for Kids

This brain games post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com We love visiting the Ontario Science Centre for their great hands-on exhibits. We even had the chance to sleepover in the building after everyone had left for the day. One exhibit we really enjoyed was all about the Brain, how it works and how we [...]

Helping Kids Learn to Wait!

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This post about helping kids learn to wait is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What did we ever do before smart phones and the Internet? Everything we need to know is now at our fingertips! Do you even remember the days before we had DVR and [...]

Hands Free Kids

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Are you getting tired of looking at the top of your kids’ heads as they look down to play their electronics? Have you had enough of talking to kids only to get no response because they are so immersed in [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]

NEW Product Snapshot: 3 Peek-a-Boo Toys & Bonus Extended Play Activities

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Peek-a-boo—it’s one of the first games you can explore with your baby, a simple, joyous playtime activity that can bring hours of entertainment and laughter. The delight a child finds in this “surprise” game was also the inspiration behind our new “Peek-a- Boo” Baby & Toddler toys! Crafted from select hardwood and accented with bright, child-safe [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like. Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

5 New Ways To Use : Geometric Stacker

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This educational idea 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 that I am a [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sort It Out!

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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

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If your little builders are ready to take their block play to another level, try creating a 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 the child to [...]