Goal Setting and Encouraging Positive Behavior

These tips for encouraging positive behavior were contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every parent struggles with disciplining his or her children. Very often there is a difficult balance between establishing and enforcing rules. Consistency is one of the most important concepts […]

Healthy After School Snacks: Apple Treats

With so many tasty fruits and vegetables available from outdoor farmer’s markets right now, wouldn’t it be great to share those healthy goodies with kids at more than mealtime? Today our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle, is sharing 5 recipes for delicious after school snacks made from apples, over at Peanut Blossom. We think your hungry kiddos will love them! Click here to learn more about the […]

Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

Tuck a Little Treat into Your Child’s Lunchbox

→ Welcome to part two of a special series from guest blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome. Let’s learn about sharing love with our little ones during school, with lunchbox notes and treats. As the school year progresses, I get daily requests for this or that “treat” to be included at lunchtime. I’m not above indulging […]

4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Career Day for Kids: Exploring Occupations through Play

Career Day for Kids: 10 great ways to explore occupations! “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s a question all children seem to hear. Think about all of the exciting adult careers you wanted to have, as a child! You may have even followed your childhood dreams and be working in […]

Fine Motor Development: Birth to 3 Years

This information about fine motor development is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I remember like it was yesterday when my kids took their first steps. I also remember the first time I walked in to get them out of their cribs and realized they had learned to roll […]

Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether […]

Lunchbox Note Ideas: Scratch Art Sayings

→ During the coming months, guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome will help us share love with our little ones throughout the school day, with her creative lunchbox note ideas! We hope you enjoy this special series from Julie. Last year was my first experience packing lunches for my little boys, as we did our first […]