Color-Inspired Farmer’s Market: Teaching Kids About Color Through Food

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This color-inspired farmer’s market post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. One of my favorite things to do, both in the summer and the fall, is to take the family to our local farmer’s market. The sights, the sounds, the colors!! It’s so much fun to discuss as a family what the [...]

Trick or Treat Printable Fun!

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Trick or treat! Halloween is only two weeks away, and we’re sharing two free printable pages to help pass the time. Whether or not your costumes are chosen, your little artist or writer can enjoy some trick or treat printable fun right now. Just click on a page and print it! Are you still searching for just the “right” look for Halloween? [...]

Tips for Selecting Wooden Vehicles for Girls and Boys

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This Playtime Press Post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Finding a special toy for a loved one can be so much fun but hard to choose at times! Vehicles are an all-time favorite for kids! They provide opportunities for role playing life and they never go out of style. A [...]

5 (Actually 8) Fall Games, Activities, & Experiments

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For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on [...]

Five Quiet Activities for Sick Day Distractions

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It’s the season of sweaters, colorful leaves and warm apple cider. This time of year also brings with it runny noses and fevers. Sick days are synonymous with the return to school in our house but not all sicknesses have the kids sleeping in bed. If you’re looking for some quiet activities to occupy your [...]

Fall is in the Air!

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These outdoor autumn activity ideas are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Ahhh!!!  Fall is in the air!! I love the feeling of the crisp air, the sight of school buses going by, the taste of homemade applesauce (or apple cake!), and the sound of football on the TV. Those things [...]

Family Candlelight Dinner

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Every Monday evening, our family plans an Italian-themed candlelight dinner. It has quickly become one of our most favorite family traditions, and a wonderful way to begin each week. The best part is that the kids can actively participate in the process of preparing the meal, and we keep things very simple! Here are a few [...]

5 Social Skills Learned from Puzzles

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Everyone knows that social skills are essential to the happiness and success of any child. Good social skills enable any child to grow and develop into functioning members of society. Since social skills determine how children relate to one another and the adults surrounding them, it is imperative that we take the time to explicitly [...]

Spooktacular Kitchen Science: 4 Fun Experiments for Halloween

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This Spooktacular Kitchen Science post was brought to us by Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The first day of fall has already come and gone. You’re thinking about dusting off your slow cooker, managing your children’s new schedules (as well as your own), switching out your summer wardrobe with sweaters, jeans and boots, and preparing for [...]