Play Prompts: Magnetic Puzzle Play!

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This Playtime Prompts series is provided by guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. This week’s play prompt is sure to beat the boredom blues!   This do-it-yourself magnetic puzzle prompt is incredibly easy to create and it’s the perfect activity for those times when you are cooking dinner and need the kids to entertain themselves [...]

Unwind With Quiet Time Toy Bins

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Even with all the amazing summertime activities you may have planned, chances are your kids will still need a little downtime in the months ahead. So, this week in our Summer Fun Calendar, guest blogger and mom of quadruplets, Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus) shares creative ways to help kids unwind with Quiet Time Toy Bins. Read her [...]

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles

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Does your child love to play with puzzles? Share these fun facts as a family! The first jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 when John Spilsbury, an English cartographer, chopped up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public to reassemble it. He called it a “dissected puzzle.” Jigsaw puzzles got their name because [...]

Using Puzzles to Teach Geography

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Our homeschool expert Genny (In Lieu of Preschool) is working on a U.S. Geography unit this month. Earlier today, we shared her American Flag Easel Painting post, which featured creative ways to teach kids about the American Flag using a simple painting prompt. On her blog today, she also focused on using puzzles to teach geography.  Check [...]

Create-Your-Own Puzzle Printable (Plus 3 Activity Tips!)

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It’s National Puzzle Day! In addition to playing with the puzzles you already own, download and print this puzzle-themed activity sheet! Here are some ways to enjoy this free printable: 1) Create a one-of-a-kind puzzle: Ask your child to color the sheet using crayons or markers. Then, using child-safe scissors, have the child cut (or, depending [...]

The Cure for Cabin Fever: 4 Ways to Explore the Great Indoors!

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Is your family experiencing some wintertime “Cabin Fever”? This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared some great activities to enjoy – indoors! What are your personal favorites?  NEW Ways to Play with Your Puzzles! Does your family have a collection of puzzles lying around – perhaps ones that your kids have either [...]

5 Cool NEW Ways to Play with Puzzles (Yes, the Ones You Already Have!)

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Does your family have a stockpile of puzzles? Chances are, your kids have either outgrown some, or have memorized the others!! You may need a little puzzle-refresh, and our Blog Ambassador Amy (teachmama) has some great ideas for doing just that. In her recent blog post, 5 cool, new! Ways to play with puzzles, she [...]

3 New Year’s Activities for Kids (Make a resolution to have fun . . . starting now!)

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While the grown-ups plan to break old habits and sign up for new gym memberships, help your kids take a lighter look at the changing of the calendar! Check out these three New Year’s planning activities, designed to help kids get perspective on the year, articulate their own values, and plan for fun throughout the [...]

DIY State Ornaments

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From special guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons. As much as we’d love to see all of our friends and family this holiday season, it’s often not possible.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t on our minds and in our hearts! We decided to honor our loved ones, near and far, by decorating our Christmas [...]