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 [...]

How to decorate for Back to School

Back to School Feast: How to set an adorable table for the celebration

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats [...]

Stacy Shares: 5 Fun Pool Games for Kids

5 Awesome Pool Games for Kids

Hello August! The days are long, the kids are energetic and the temperatures are HIGH. In times like these, I rely heavily on keeping my kids outdoors and active as much as possible, and during these dog days of summer when heat can really be an issue, you’ll find us most often swimming and playing [...]

Family Exercise: 5 Easy Tips for Running with Your Kids

Family Exercise: 5 Easy Tips for Running with Your Kids *great tips

Taking Care of You: These parenting tips for running with your kids are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Finding time to run when you have a family can be challenging. Earlier this summer, we shared tips for running with a stroller for parents of younger children. [...]

Summer Birthday Parties

Summer Birthday Party Ideas from Melissa and Doug

This Summer Birthday Party idea is brought to us by Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It   Does your child have a summer birthday? Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate without having to host a swim birthday party? Here’s a Birthday Party idea for kids that will keep them moving all year [...]