Start the Summer with Printables!

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Here comes the sun – and all the terrific childhood memories that go hand-in-hand with those long, balmy days! With the playful excitement of summertime, quieter moments inevitably come along. To help fill those times with a little bit of educational fun, we’ve brought you these free printables!   We hope you enjoy them! ************************** [...]

Your 2014 Summer Fun Calendar!

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Summer vacation is finally upon us! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! Much like our 2013 Summer Calendar, we’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips – plus a special “Taking Care of You” feature each Thursday - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week [...]

Celebrate Learning All Summer Long!

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Now that Memorial Day has passed and summer is on the way, those long school days will soon seem like a distant memory. But don’t let everything your child learned and accomplished this year be forgotten! Melissa & Doug have hundreds of toys, games and learning activities that allow you and your child to celebrate what they [...]

Boost Your Day with a Morning Ritual

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This Taking Care of You post is brought to us by guest writer Shawn Fink from The Abundant Mama Project. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: When it comes to mornings with kids, there are often two things that come to mind. We either wish for more sleep. Or we wish for more time. The morning rush — whether it be [...]

Sensory Benefits of Sand Play

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It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the kids are starting to stir. What could be a better summer activity than Sand Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, but did you know the sensory benefits that can be found from a day at [...]

Open Toy Storage: Inviting Our Children to Play

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Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com I’ve overhauled our children’s toy area several times over the past few years. Baby, toddler, preschooler… at each age, children engage in play in different ways: gazing at toys on a blanket, grasping for toys dangling above, scooting to follow a mobile toy. For [...]

Number Scavenger Hunt Game

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Number Scavenger Hunt Game by Kim Vij This learning post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Making an investment in wooden puzzles is one of the smartest things you can do as a parent for your child. However, at times they sit on the toy shelf and we wonder [...]

Gardening and Sensory Development

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This Gardening and Sensory Development post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. After the April showers have cleared up, it is time for May Flowers! Rumor has it that it is warm enough to plant outdoors after Mother’s Day, and planting is a wonderful [...]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side to be [...]