A Beginner’s Guide to the Tactile Sensory System

Tactile-Beginners-guide rev

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

Valentine mail bags: super-cute, sweet and simple

valentines mail bags | amy teachmama

This creative way of bringing some personalized fun and creativity to Valentine’s Day is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   I have been a Classroom Parent now for almost five years, and each year, I am not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day Mail Bags. Some years, [...]

6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The Superbowl is around the corner. This annual event has almost become a national holiday, bringing families together over the game and, of course, FOOD. Below [...]

3 Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

m and d sleep 2

This sleeping tips post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who has trouble sleeping? Sleep is so important for our children to stay healthy, learn, and participate in their daily tasks (not to mention that we parents function better when our kids are sleeping well!!). I [...]

Making Handmade Instruments

handmade musical instruments craft

This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. We have a piano in our home. And as noisy as it gets, nothing is more thrilling to my heart than to hear my toddler and preschooler banging (gently!) on the keys and singing at full volume. Watching my children [...]

Introducing exotic flavors to kids

Introducing kids to new flavors

Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese. Repeat. Does that sound familiar? I know that if I put my kids in charge of meal planning, that is pretty much what our weeks would look like. Every Single Week. Thankfully, they’re not the ones in charge but knowing full well their preferences it can be all [...]

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies Recipe

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to serve a full array of family-friendly appetizers in place of dinner on New Year’s Eve. My kids [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Boy with Chart

This New Year’s Resolutions post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. It is that time of year again, time to make changes and decide on a New Year’s Resolution! Children will be excited about this idea as well. Include them in on the fun, [...]

10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

Family1

This stress-free family road trip post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Let me ask, how many of you will be traveling in the next few weeks over the holidays? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit during the holiday season, and this year at the [...]