Five Quiet Activities for Sick Day Distractions

This Sick Day Distractions post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from 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 […]

Fall is in the Air!

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

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

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

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 […]

4 Early Math Concepts Using Puzzles

This Early Math Concepts post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from I’ve shared my love of puzzles with my own kids, including four tricks to help them transition into larger puzzle formats. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo Numbers Chunky Puzzle is a great starter puzzle for kids but you can also use it to help your […]

“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of […]

Playing is Learning!!

This playtime and skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every day fun and play with our children can be one of the best learning tools out there! Children love the attention of their parents and love to play with them. However, what […]

Baking with kids: Crack an egg like a pro!

Spending time with kids in the kitchen is one of the most entertaining opportunities for sharing life skills. My girls have always enjoyed baking with me but this summer my 7 year old expressed an interest in upping the ante when it comes to helping out. I knew the time had come to start teaching her […]