Creative Storytelling with Puppets

This post about storytelling with puppets was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from Pretend play is a great way to encourage language development, explore new scenarios in a child’s life, as well as build on a child’s self confidence and presentation skills and puppets are a great tool to help facilitate all of these tasks. […]

Phone Number Learning Activities for Kids!

This post of phone number learning activities is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. One day, I left my cell phone at home by accident. Which wasn’t really a big deal to me, until I wanted to call my husband to check something and realized, I couldn’t accurately remember his cell […]

Shut the Box!

This math-themed play post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Shut the box!! I’m not sure why, but I just love saying that. What’s more important, though, is that my 6 and 8-year-old LOVE playing it!!! In case you aren’t familiar with this game, let me tell you a little […]

Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe

This Alphabet Soup post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The cold weather has officially moved into the Midwest over the past couple weeks. The kids have been outside playing in the snow already and I’ve been dreaming of all of the wonderful […]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! […]

Playtime with Toy Vehicles

Trains, planes, boats and cars are all part of the wonderful world of toy vehicles! 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Play it Safe! Teaching Kids about Safety through Play

Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares some fun ways you can use National Safety Month as an opportunity to review some valuable lessons with your kids. June is National Safety Month, and what better way to teach kids about safety than to incorporate it into their […]