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5 Simple Tips for the Perfect Backyard Family BBQ

Our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures is unpacking 5 simple tips for the perfect backyard family BBQ. With the weather getting warmer, kids are naturally drawn to playing outside more. They want to live outside morning, day and night, which means it is the perfect time to get outside and plan the perfect backyard family BBQ. Now […]

Exploring Shapes with Preschoolers

These play activities exploring shapes are brought to us by our guest blogger Sheryl Cooper, of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. Recognizing shapes is one of the first steps in building math skills with preschoolers. As they explore shapes, they are understanding same and different. This is important because it will help them observe and compare everything […]

Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

Capturing Childhood: First Day of School Photos

School bells are ringing! Whether your little one is starting kindergarten this year or they’re simply getting back into the swing of things, Melissa & Doug believes the first day of school is something to be celebrated. Our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, is over at Let’s Lasso the Moon this week sharing tips on ensuring you […]

Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

This post about transitioning into the school year is contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time […]

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play

This post is from Erin of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Many parents think of teaching their preschoolers math and immediately start […]

Work Through Worries with Play School

This pretend play school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison   Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come […]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

This cool and creative, get kids excited about school smarty pants idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new […]

Back to Basics: Using an Abacus to Teach Patterns

Our guest blogger and homeschool expert Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) shares ways you can use your abacus to teach patterns. One item we use in our homeschool a lot is an abacus: We’ve been using it to practice counting and skip counting since our children were toddlers.  Just recently, we also began […]