4 Early Literacy Activities

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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

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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?

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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

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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 [...]

Top 20 Preschool Classroom Supplies

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At Melissa & Doug, we are always being asked: “What supplies do I need for homeschooling?” or “As a teacher, what preschool classroom supplies do I really need to stock-up on?” So, we asked our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) – who has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993 – [...]

5 Reading Resources for Kids!

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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

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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 [...]

It’s SNOW time! 5 Snow-Inspired Activities for Indoors & Out!

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Winter storms getting you down (and giving your kids the “crazies”?) Here are some great ways to stay entertained indoors – and outdoors – when the snow starts to fall: Embrace the Snow! When the snow starts to fall, you may not necessarily need to stay indoors! As long as it’s safe (and not TOO [...]

Learning Letters with Clay Initial Hearts

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This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”  -Allison Learning letters is an exciting time for all kids, and my toddler is very excited to claim all the letter Ms she sees (” That’s MY letter!”) It was [...]