Teaching Storytelling Skills: 3 Story Starters (Plus Printable!)

Sometimes, a simple story prompt is all you need to inspire hours of creative, imaginative play with your child. Whether you’re telling silly stories, or recapping a past event, the art of telling a good story is one every child should practice as they continue to develop their reading and writing skills. This Story Starters […]

Nature Walk with Alphabet Rocks

This nature walk activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It. Nature Rocks!  As we step outside with the warmer weather, there are opportunities to create teachable moments even with our youngest learners.  A simple nature walk can build a variety of skills and knowledge in both science and language. […]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

Integrating therapy practice into your everyday home activities is a great way to keep your child motivated and on task. Simply following the lead and interests of your child can open up exciting possibilities for reaching countless therapy goals. Pretending to grocery shop is one way that Anchel Krishna and her husband Dilip work on […]

Introducing Two New Special Needs Resources

We are thrilled to share with you a very special project that is close to our hearts: a catalog custom-made for families of children with special needs. As a valued member of our community, we wanted you to be among the first to see it! The Melissa & Doug Special Needs Toy Guide: A Resource […]

Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

These “Baking with Kids” activities are from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) My kids love helping in the kitchen, and it is such a great way to incorporate learning into everyday life! This week we baked blueberry banana muffins. Then we took the learning further with some extension activities: […]

3 Simple Tips to Develop Your Child’s Oral Motor Skills

Practicing oral motor skills might sound like “work,” but you can easily do it during everyday activities you already do with your child. Here’s 3 simple tips to practice oral motor skills during meal time and play time: Drinking through a straw: Have your child use a straw when drinking to strengthen oral motor muscles. […]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStongHome. This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help but get the hop on […]

4 Early Literacy Activities

Preschoolers need to master a variety of skills to become fluent readers. The literacy activities listed below are so enjoyable; children do not even know that they are practicing several important early literacy skills: vocabulary development, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge. (By special guest blogger Melissa Lennig.) 1. Memory games […]

Rainbow Rice Sensory Activity

Sensory projects are the perfect activity to focus and calm children. In addition to creating sensory bins, an activity using a variety of materials that children can manipulate with their hands is also a fun after-school or weekend craft. This rainbow rice sensory activity is a quick and easy project, plus you can use the rice in a […]