Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

Capturing sweet portraits of childhood by playing "Fashion Show" | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

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 [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

Capturing Spring Puddle Jumping *great tips

April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and [...]

Spring Printable Favorites

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It’s a Spring Printable Bonanza on the Playtime Press today! We are sharing two of favorite spring printables: April Memory Game and Garden Planting. Simply click the title or image to print. Find these April Memory Game favorites online: Bollie Ladybug Kickball Longfellow Duck Stuffed Animal Blossom Bright Kids’ Flip-Up Sunglasses Happy Giddy Kids’ Umbrella Decorate-Your-Own Cupcake Bank Felt [...]

Teaching Your Child about Food Groups

Teaching your Child About Food Groups

This post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. March is National Nutrition Month.  Let’s build a healthy foundation with our kids with a few playful activities with pretend food. Ask yourself a few questions before we begin: How well do you think your child knows the names of [...]

Setting Educational Goals for your Child

Setting Educational Goals

This post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. As spring approaches with our children, it’s a time of excitement, new growth and anticipation for what’s to come. It’s also a time for spring cleaning and perhaps to consider some educational goal setting. Do you have any goals set for [...]

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play

Teaching Preschool Math Through Play!

This post is from Erin of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Many parents think of teaching their preschoolers math and immediately start [...]

Why Pretend Play Is So Important

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This post is from Emily of Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! Children who are on the autism spectrum, like my son, have a harder [...]