Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Want to help make your baby smarter and stronger? I’ve got the answer… Let them spend time on the floor PLAYING!!!! The time babies spend playing is critical to their development as it plays a crucial role […]

Beginner’s Guide to the Auditory Sensory System

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the last edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to all children. […]

Free Printable Card for Father’s Day!

It’s that time of year when we let those special men in our lives know how thankful we are for them, and for all of the ways they enhance the life and heart of each child: Father’s Day! Whatever you and your child(ren) might have planned for your Father’s Day celebration, it just won’t seem […]

Family Nature Hunt

This family nature hunt activity and printable were shared with us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. When was the last time you went on a walk and really “took in” all that was around you – the sights, the sounds, the smells? As adults, our lives are busy; I get that. We’re […]

Free Printable Activity Book for Kids: Summer Boredom Busters!

It’s that exciting time that kids wait for all year: Summer Vacation! We want summertime to be packed with laughter and moments of discovery for kids. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring some extra creative fun to your children this summer, with our FREE 10-page Boredom Busters printable activity […]

Rainy Day Block Maze Activity!

This kid-size block maze activity is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. Nothing’s worse than “I’m bored!” in the summer than… a rainy day and kids saying, “I’m bored!” For those blah days in the house, I keep the boys busy playing at activity stations (coloring, modeling clay, stickers, etc). But one […]

Create a Personalized Handmade Book

This handmade book craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. The coloring sheets and drawing project persist in piles about our house. And the boys are always asking for paper. So I decided we could (temporarily!) solve both those problems by creating drawing booklets for the kids to collect the designs and […]

Play with a Purpose: Doctor Visits with Kids

This Play with a Purpose post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As parents, educators and caregivers we know the importance of pretend play. Children of all ages love to dress up and become one of their favorite characters, role model, or even an animal.  […]

Bubble Painting

This creative bubble painting post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The sun has returned, the flowers are blooming, and that calls for some outdoor fun! The kids AND our dog, Belle, are ecstatic to be able to spend the majority of their time outside again. Around our […]