Fall is in the Air!

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These outdoor autumn activity ideas are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Ahhh!!!  Fall is in the air!! I love the feeling of the crisp air, the sight of school buses going by, the taste of homemade applesauce (or apple cake!), and the sound of football on the TV. Those things [...]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

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Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly [...]

Spooktacular Kitchen Science: 4 Fun Experiments for Halloween

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This Spooktacular Kitchen Science post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The first day of fall has already come and gone. You’re thinking about dusting off your slow cooker, managing your children’s new schedules (as well as your own), switching out your summer wardrobe with sweaters, jeans and boots, and preparing for [...]

Printable Puzzles – for YOU!

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Make puzzle playtime extra-fun with these cool printable puzzles! Children who like to draw or color can design their own unique puzzles! Print out this Create-Your-Own Puzzle printable and allow your little artist decorate the puzzle area. Next, cut out the individual pieces and let the puzzle play begin! This creative puzzle page can be printed and enjoyed, over and over again. If animal themed puzzles are more your style, the [...]

4 Early Math Concepts Using Puzzles

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This Early Math Concepts post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. I’ve shared my love of puzzles with my own kids, including four tricks to help them transition into larger puzzle formats. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo Numbers Chunky Puzzle is a great starter puzzle for kids but you can also use it to help your [...]

Playing is Learning!!

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This playtime and skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every day fun and play with our children can be one of the best learning tools out there! Children love the attention of their parents and love to play with them. However, what [...]

Life Lessons Kids Learn with a Dollhouse

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This Playtime Press Post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It.   Playtime is one of the most important things of childhood. Imaginary play with has been a welcomed addition to our house now that my youngest turned 3. She and her big sister have created a whole other world by [...]

All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

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This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

Playtime with Toy Vehicles

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Trains, planes, boats and cars are all part of the wonderful world of toy vehicles! Even very young children can become fascinated with fire trucks, bright yellow buses on their way to school or trains chugging down the tracks. Whatever the inspiration, vehicles become a favorite playtime activity for many girls and boys! Zoooom!  These four squeezable Pull-Back Vehicles roll quickly across the floor, after being pulled back gently and released. Special “rev-up” wheels make it easy [...]