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

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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 [...]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

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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 [...]

Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

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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

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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

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This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. 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 [...]

2 Play-Based Tools for Oral Motor Success!

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Children need to build their oral motor skills to eat, swallow, speak, and make facial expressions (to say the least!)  To do all of these properly, children must first develop awareness, strength, and control of the muscles in their face and mouth. Activities that require children to use pursed lips — such as playing certain wind [...]

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 [...]

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 our top 5 resources from 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 variety of skill levels and ages: [...]