“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

Encouraging Little Authors with Book-Making Activities

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This bookmaking post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Before a child learns to write or read, they are read to. Children with favorite books likely recognize favorite characters and series at a glance. This recognition, or “reading,” of text characteristics is the very seed of literacy! What better way [...]

Simple Handprint Craft for Grandparents Day!

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Grandparents Day is fast approaching and will be here on the first Sunday of September, following Labor Day. Are you thinking that you didn’t know Grandparents Day was this soon? Don’t worry, you still have time to create a simple [...]

Exploring Patriotic Symbols through Crafts

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This patriotic crafts post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome.com. America is a land of great variety – every state has its own bird, flag, tree, flower, and landmarks. With our country’s rich history, we have many people, buildings, and symbols that express our nation’s heritage of freedom. In time [...]

Developing Children’s Fine Motor Skills: An Activity Roundup

(Pinnable) Developing Children's FINE MOTOR SKILLS - A Back-to-School Activity Roundup from Melissa & Doug

Today, we’re sharing a compilation of easy and engaging toy, game, and activity ideas to support and enhance children’s fine motor development. Whereas gross motor skills involve large-scale bodily movements (like running and jumping), fine motor skills are what help infants, toddlers, and school-age children control and use the tiny muscles in their hands and [...]

Coloring and Body Awareness

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Coloring….it’s something most kids do at one time or another (but some certainly enjoy more than others). Obviously, we love the beautiful creations that our children turn out, but did you know that there is so much more to [...]

Sight Word Stamping

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Sight words are some of the most important parts of learning to read. Some might even say they are the building blocks to reading and writing. That’s why I’m excited to share some of our favorite ways to make learning [...]

Fine Motor Fun!

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This Fine Motor Fun post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. There are many ways to sneak in fine motor fun without children knowing! Many every day activities such as playing with clay, finger painting or even watering plants with a spray bottle are [...]

Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals

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This Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Over the summer the kids have enjoyed their letter-writing project. As they receive replies I hope they continue writing throughout the year. Unlike letter writing, journals aren’t reliant on a recipient and can contain ideas and thoughts that your child doesn’t necessarily [...]