Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Most times when my kids pull out the paint it is to create creatures, scenes, and images from their imagination. This is a great way to explore their creativity but painting to recreate something they see can also open a new way [...]

8 Things to Prep for this Summer

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Olaf loves summer. And so does every child on the planet. But this season of no school and longer daylight hours can often mean more work and more planning for parents and caregivers. Here are eight of the most important [...]

Taking Care Of You: Gym Guilt Be Gone!

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Children need healthy parents. They don’t need a mom who is size 2 or a dad with a killer six-pack, but they need parents who can manage their stress, have a healthy heart, and good immune system. There will be times when no matter what we do as parents we get sick, but a great [...]

Start the Summer with Printables!

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Here comes the sun – and all the terrific childhood memories that go hand-in-hand with those long, balmy days! With the playful excitement of summertime, quieter moments inevitably come along. To help fill those times with a little bit of educational fun, we’ve brought you these free printables!   We hope you enjoy them! ************************** [...]

25+ SAND-tastic Activities for Kids

25+ SAND-TASTIC Ideas for Kids

Get your scoops, pails, and sifters… and make a break for the sandbox, beach, or backyard. Summer’s almost here! Our sand-based collection of learning activities and toys will help your family have a SANDY, DANDY good time this summer. Are you READY? Get READY. Are you SET? Get SET. All that’s left for you to [...]

Sensory Benefits of Sand Play

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It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the kids are starting to stir. What could be a better summer activity than Sand Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, but did you know the sensory benefits that can be found from a day at [...]

Open Toy Storage: Inviting Our Children to Play

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Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com I’ve overhauled our children’s toy area several times over the past few years. Baby, toddler, preschooler… at each age, children engage in play in different ways: gazing at toys on a blanket, grasping for toys dangling above, scooting to follow a mobile toy. For [...]

Gardening and Sensory Development

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This Gardening and Sensory Development post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. After the April showers have cleared up, it is time for May Flowers! Rumor has it that it is warm enough to plant outdoors after Mother’s Day, and planting is a wonderful [...]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side to be [...]