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 […]

Why Do Babies Love Mirror Toys?

As any parent knows, babies just LOVE to see themselves in their mirror toys. What could be more interesting and relatable to babies than another baby reflected back at them — who looks, feels, and moves just as they do? Sure, babies are attracted to mirrors because they are shiny and bright. But mirrors are […]

Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

This post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (TheIowaFarmersWife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on the […]

5 Reading Resources for Kids!

March is National Reading Month . . . so to help you kick things off in your house we rounded up 5 of our top reading resources for kids on the Melissa & Doug blog, to help foster a love of reading in your home! Check these out for activities, tips, crafts, and more in a […]

Stuffed Animals & Developmental Growth Benefits

Stuffed animals are a very popular gift around birthdays and holidays, but did you know that when you give the gift of a furry new friend, you’re actually helping a child’s developmental growth as well? Here’s how: 1)      Even very young children learn through all of their senses. Stuffed animals have a soft texture that […]

Construction Worker Pretend Play Prompt

(This pretend play prompt brought to you by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.) Pretend play is an important part of childhood. When children are pretending, storytelling, and role playing they are learning a myriad of skills. I try my best to encourage pretend play and one of my favorite ways is to set up […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Start a Color Journal!

This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie If your kids are a little too young to start a traditional journal, a color journal may be a good alternative! To make your own, you will need about […]

Teaching the Joy of Giving

These joy of giving tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina …………………………………………………….. Holiday chaos is in full swing. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and use this opportunity to teach your child about the joy of giving. Many […]