Monthly Archives: January 2017

Melissa and Doug Toys: The Boy’s Store

Did you know that The Boy’s Store also stocks toys? We carry several Melissa and Doug toys and puzzles perfect for gifts or to add to your own collection of toys and games at home. Melissa and Doug toys are great because they are earth friendly and geared towards learning. The Boy’s Store offers several Melissa and Doug Puzzles that will help to keep your kids busy during those days they cannot go outside to play, or during quiet time at home or on the go. Check out some of the amazing puzzles we have in stock now.

Melissa and Doug Puzzles:

Construction Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: This floor puzzle is a favorite amongst boys that love construction vehicles. It is great for ages 3 and up, it is a 24 piece puzzle perfect for fun and learning.

World Map Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Are you looking to teach your kids about the world? Geography is such an important part of learning. This puzzle will help kids gain a better understanding of the world around them.

The End of An Era Jigsaw Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Dinosaurs! Most kids are fascinated by dinosaurs. This fun puzzle gives them an idea of what dinosaurs looked like and how they might have interacted with one another.

Melissa and Doug Toys

Did you know that puzzles are an important part of learning? These are just a few of the important lessons puzzle building teaches kids:

  • Cognitive Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand and Eye Coordination
  • Social
  • Self Esteem

Dinosaur Habitats: DIY Dinosaur Gardens

My kids are obsessed with dinosaurs. I thought it would be a neat idea for them to create their own fun little dinosaur world. They have so many little toy dinosaurs and are constantly telling me what each dinosaur eats and where they live, I thought it was time they showed me. I have seen so many of those little fairy gardens that I thought why not a dinosaur garden? The idea is pretty simple, and leaves the creativity up to the kids. So why not?

You and your kids can get as many items as you would like. You could build your dinosaur garden in a planter, an old tire, a large apothecary bowl or jar, or even right in your own backyard. All you need is some ideas and whatever type of plants you want.

Small Dinosaur Gardens Dinosaur gardens

What you will need:

  • plants (ivy, ferns, flowers, bushes, moss, the ideas are endless!)
  • rocks (gravel, stones, sand)
  • Dirt
  • container
  • dinosaurs

What You Will Do:

There really is no way to tell you exactly what to do. Let your kids imagine the world they believe dinosaurs lived in. Check out some of the habitats different types of dinosaurs lived in for some understanding and ideas. Or feel free to design your own little dino world!

STEM Activities: Flotation Devices for Action Figures

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mechanics is a huge part of learning in today’s modern world. It is very important that we reinforce that learning at home. STEM doesn’t have to be a boring subject, in fact, it can be a quite remarkable subject that includes lots of outrageous experiments. This experiment is fun, simple, and teaches all in one amazing activity.

Teachers Pay Teachers:

Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent resource for parents that home-school. Or for parents that want to help show their kids school can be fun and reinforce lessons at home to keep kids on track. Teachers Pay Teachers allows for parents to purchase or download free lessons. Lessons cover all kinds of different learning activities. This week we want to highlight the fun and educational aspect of a STEM activity  and how you and your kids can do it at home.

stem activities

This activity teaches your kids all about engineering their own flotation device for their toys. The kit includes a rubric for gauging your kids learning. This activity is perfect for grades 3-5. Interacting with your kids and being part of the learning process ensures that kids will see how important their education is. It also show them that you are their for help. No matter what, and will always be their to guide and encourage them.

Check out this fun STEM activity and be sure to look at some of the other learning activities available at Teachers Pay Teachers.