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 [...]

Family Yoga: 3 Playful Animal Poses for Kids + Tips for YOU

Family Yoga: 3 Playful Animal Poses for Kids + Tips for YOU

Finding ways to stay fit can be challenging. Not all of us have the time or resources to head to the gym as part of our regular weekly routine. Yoga is a safe and healthy way to bond with your child. Below you’ll find three playful animal poses to introduce your little one to yoga. [...]

Potty training a strong willed child

Potty training a strong-willed child

We never potty trained our first child. When the time came, she managed it all herself. She went cold turkey on diapers one day and never looked back. I assumed with our second child that if we were patient enough, the same would happen. I should have known better. My second daughter loves to prove [...]

Taking Care of You

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In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, we are kicking off a new series here on the Playtime Press called Taking Care of You. Below you’ll find 8 everyday moms sharing ONE thing they do daily to take care of themselves. We know your days are busy working, kissing boo-boos, juggling laundry, making dentist appointments, and [...]

What is your child’s favorite toy?

How to capture portraits of children at play and their beloved favorites

Throughout our Capturing Childhood series we’ve focused on documenting priceless family moments but most of our tips have been about the people. Today I want to stop and consider the details. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I encourage you to stop and consider the objects that you will want to remember from your childrens’ playtime. Someday [...]

Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gifts

Kid-Made Mother's Day Ideas

Hey, DADs (and MOMs who need a gift idea for Grandma): A Handmade Card , Jewelry, AND a Keepsake Box – It’s everything you need to create a child-made gift package that comes from the heart. Perfect for Mothers, Grandmas, Aunts, or that “You’re Like a Mother to Us” special person in your life. “My [...]

Tips for Getting Mom in Photos

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and chances are if I asked you what you really wanted …. besides the quiet time to yourself to do simple things like go to the bathroom, take a shower or say, sleep past 7 am …. you would probably say a nice photo of you and your children [...]

5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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This creative way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children. Having [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]