Product of the Week Giveaway: Round the Town Road Rug & Car Set

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Product of the Week Giveaway! Get revved up for hours and hours of pretend play adventures, with our Round the Town Road Rug & Car Set! Girls and boys will love playtime spent moving around the large, soft play surface of our round the town road rug (measuring 39″ x 36″). With looping roads and [...]

Why Pretend Play Is So Important

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This post is from Emily 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! Children who are on the autism spectrum, like my son, have a harder [...]

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

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This classic-toy gift guide is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina . . . Today I am honored to share with you a few of my favorite Melissa & Doug toys. In a world filled with gizmos, gadgets, and screens, [...]

Quick Tips: Making Friends With Food

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Remind kids (and yourself) why good food is good. Here are some tips for helping kids know…that Food is Good! Tie food to things your child cares about. Explain that protein in lean meats builds muscle and strength for sports. Whole grains and the vitamins in fruits and vegetables help our brains focus in school. [...]

Work Through Worries with Play School

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This pretend play 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 [...]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]

6 Summertime Activities for Kids

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We’re halfway through July, and interactive summer fun calendar is in full swing! This week, we’ve added six new summertime activities to help keep your kids occupied – and learning – all summer long. Here’s a quick overview of this week’s activities: -       Summer Math Activities (with counting printable) -       How to Turn Lunch into [...]

Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

Stacy Shares: Cool Tips for Summer Days

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Is summer in full effect at your house yet? The later mornings, the ease of a more relaxed schedule, the all-too familiar sound of the most two repeated phrases during summertime – “I’m Bored!” and/or “I’m Hungry“. My post today will help you nip both those phrases in the bud, teach some simple kitchen lessons, [...]