Playtime with Toy Vehicles

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Trains, planes, boats and cars are all part of the wonderful world of vehicle play! Even very young children can become fascinated with fire trucks, bright yellow buses on their way to school or trains chugging down the tracks. Whatever the inspiration, vehicles become a favorite playtime activity for many girls and boys! Zoooom!  These four squeezable Pull-Back Vehicles roll quickly across the floor, after being pulled back gently and released. Special “rev-up” wheels make it easy [...]

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 [...]

Exploring Patriotic Symbols through Crafts

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This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. America is a land of great variety – every state has its own bird, flag, tree, flower, and landmarks. With our country’s rich history, we have many people, buildings, and symbols that express our nation’s heritage of freedom. In time [...]

Coloring and Body Awareness

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Coloring….it’s something most kids do at one time or another (but some certainly enjoy more than others). Obviously, we love the beautiful creations that our children turn out, but did you know that there is so much more to [...]

Learning Fine Motor Skills with Wooden Beads and Letters, too!

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This Fine Motor Skills Activity is brought to us by Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It One of the fundamental skills that we encourage our children to develop early is their Fine Motor Skills. Getting ready to gear up for Back to School is on everyone’s mind, and this is one of the [...]

Fine Motor Fun!

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This Fine Motor Fun post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. There are many ways to sneak in fine motor fun without children knowing! Many every day activities such as playing with clay, finger painting or even watering plants with a spray bottle are [...]

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 [...]

Give the gift of Classic Toys this Back to School Season!

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Melissa & Doug classic toys are carefully crafted with children in mind – each toy has an innovative design, classic and dynamic colors, and cheerful graphics. Created to stimulate creative play every day, these classic toys are beloved by children and caretakers alike.   Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks are a tremendous value. Made of premium, [...]

Play with your Food – and Learn!

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Looking for a little mealtime fun, without the mess? Melissa & Doug Food Play sets are the perfect way to introduce new foods to your little one – and even practice preparing and serving food! Cutting Food – Wooden Play Food is an award-winning toy, complete with “crunching” cutting sounds! Use the small cutting board [...]