Phone Number Learning Activities for Kids!

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This post of phone number learning activities is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStongHome. 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!

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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

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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

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This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com 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

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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!

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Gift Guru: The Best Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

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Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and [...]

Gift Guru: Picking the Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

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Do you have a teetering toddler on your holiday list? These little ones are finding their feet, finding their voices, and finding their way around a great big world of play! Celebrate their growing imaginations and the incredible new abilities with toys that will have them laughing, learning, and cheering, “I can do it!” Here [...]