5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

Blowing Bubbles as a Skill Builder

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When I picked my daughter up from preschool the other day, her teacher said something that perked my ears and got me thinking.  I heard her teacher telling another mom that she had the kids outside blowing bubbles.  What [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Three

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Printable Fun with Melissa & Doug continues this spring! This printable is perfect for helping little letter learners practice their skills. Simply click here to print this “Begins with the Letter A” printable, and enjoy!

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Baby Toys

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As a new parent, selecting the best toys for your infant can seem like a challenge! We have compiled five tips for selecting baby toys that are sure to enrich learning and encourage creativity. They are all available at MelissaAndDoug.com. 1. Choose quality For baby’s first year (and every year after!) give the gift of [...]

Spring Obstacle Course!

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This Spring Obstacle Course post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hurray! It looks like Spring has finally sprung! The kids have been cooped up all winter long and now is a great time to get them outside for some exercise. In nice weather, playgrounds, parks, [...]

Busy Boxes

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Life is busy and hectic. Whether you have one kid or six, it can be an overwhelming task to keep your baby entertained and still be productive as a parent. I am over at Lemon Lime Adventures today, sharing… 10 Baby Busy Box Ideas. Click here to to read the full posts. As a homeschooling [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Two

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This spring printable is perfect for your little birdy! Have your child count the birds in the scene, then write their answer in the box below. Click here to print this Spring Counting Fun! Printable. Extension activities: Ask your child to match the birds by color Ask your child to name the birds Ask your [...]

5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Our kids are like a blank canvas, unwittingly looking to us to help them fill this space with splashes of experiences and knowledge. Dining out is one way to add to this canvas, expanding their palate beyond the fast food family chains. [...]