5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles

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

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!)

Celebrate National Puzzle Month by playing with the puzzles you already own, plus download and print this puzzle printable sheet – and let the puzzle fun begin! Here are some ways to enjoy this free puzzle printable: 1) Create a one-of-a-kind puzzle: Ask your child to decorate the sheet using crayons, stamps or markers. Then, using child-safe scissors, have the […]

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

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!)

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!)

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

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 […]

Teach Mama Talks: Learn and Play with Big Rig Building Truck

This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “When learning is disguised as play, everyone’s a winner.”  -Amy Fantastic learning opportunities can be found in almost any part of the day, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.  All you have to do is be ready […]

Gift Guru: Picking the Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

Do you have a teetering toddler on your holiday list? These little ones are finding their feet, finding their voices, and finding their way around a great big world of play! Celebrate their growing imaginations and the incredible new abilities with toys that will have them laughing, learning, and cheering, “I can do it!” Here […]