Lacing & Tracing Activities for Brain-Building Fun

Lacing and Tracing Activities for Brain-Building FUN!

As your child gets ready to go ice-skating this year, take a deep breath, summons all your patience, and let them lace up their ice-skates on their own. LACING is great fine-motor practice, and what better way to start the shoe-tying lessons than with a pair of ice skates or tall winter boots! No ice [...]

3 Ways to Play and Learn with Mail

3 Ways to Play and Learn with MAIL!

Take a walk down memory lane today and teach your child about a time — not so long ago — when mail wasn’t electronic. It’s true… before there was such a thing as “e-mail,” there was something known simply as “mail.” So why not teach your child about the story and the joy of written communication — [...]

Take a “Time-In”: Teaching Your Child to Self Regulate

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Go to time out.”   Those are words that probably most of us parents have said at least once in our time as parents. I want to tell you about an alternative to time out that I find can work better; [...]

Making Greeting Cards for Older Members in Your Community

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Guest post provided by Roo Ciambriello. The holidays are generally a time of family togetherness, special traditions, and giving. For many senior adults in nursing homes, however, the holidays can be kind of cold and lonely. My husband sings at over a dozen nursing homes and hospice centers in our state each month, and had the [...]

Wondering About Winter?

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Chill with the kids and put the holiday hustle on ice with these cool winter facts plus an easy activity. December 21 marks the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s called winter solstice because it’s the day when the sun sits closest to the horizon, meaning we see [...]

Celebrity for a (Holi)day: Julia Child

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Turn your holiday season kitchen time into a parent-child play day celebrating Julia Child. Introduce your kids to the woman who introduced Americans to homemade French cooking. Begin with a breakfast of French toast, quiche, or Julia’s French scrambled eggs and build your day around Julia’s recipe for living. Be Fearless An ageless female role [...]

Holiday Letter-Writing for Kids!

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Our family looks forward to Christmas all year long. It’s our favorite holiday. In fact, my kids have been writing letters to Santa since December 26th of last year. While their writing and picture-drawing skills have improved immensely over the past 11 months, I’ve realized that I’ve neglected to show them the correct way to [...]

Snowflake Scissor Skills: Printable!

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Print out this winter-themed scissors skills printable and grab some child-safe scissors! Scissor crafts are a great pre-writing skill builder as they lay the groundwork for proper pencil grip. After cutting out the snowflakes, the kids can decorate them or create a snowy scene indoors! Click the image below to download the PDF printable!  

Holiday Messes Don’t Have to Stop the Party: 5 Easy Solutions

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Written by guest contributor Katie Bugbee.   There are your everyday messes, kid’s room messes and playroom disasters. And then there are the messes that come from hosting gaggles of family members for the holidays — and having to feed and shelter them day after day. As a parent, you’ve probably mastered how to get your kids [...]