Loving Language! Exploring Language-Based Play

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This post about language-based play is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children of all ages could use extra support and practice in the area of language development. A great way to sneak in some practice is to play with your children! Believe it or [...]

Making Handmade Instruments

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. We have a piano in our home. And as noisy as it gets, nothing is more thrilling to my heart than to hear my toddler and preschooler banging (gently!) on the keys and singing at full volume. Watching my children [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Beat the Indoor Blues with Games!

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Breaking out a deck of cards or a classic board game feels like a timeless tradition – whether with your own kids, or with nieces, nephews, or kids you babysit. During winter months when kids are often indoors more than [...]

Shut the Box!

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This math-themed play post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Shut the box!! I’m not sure why, but I just love saying that. What’s more important, though, is that my 6 and 8-year-old LOVE playing it!!! In case you aren’t familiar with this game, let me tell you a little [...]

Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe

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This Alphabet Soup post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The cold weather has officially moved into the Midwest over the past couple weeks. The kids have been outside playing in the snow already and I’ve been dreaming of all of the wonderful [...]

23 STEM Based Play Ideas

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This STEM Play post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Encouraging the kids to get creative and delve into the world of imaginary play is an important part of childhood but the science and technology side of things is also key. I think that’s why I love the growth of the whole STEM Play movement. [...]

Encouraging Early Reading Skills with Toddlers

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This early reading skills post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Many people know how important reading skills are for preschoolers and school age children. There have been many studies that point to the fact that children who are read to more frequently at home are more likely [...]

The 2014 Holiday Favorites Gift Guide Has Arrived!

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Crafts, puzzles and classic toys – oh my! Looking for inspiration for that “perfect” holiday gift? Check out our new Holiday Favorites Gift Guide, an interactive catalog that features the top holiday gifts for kids this holiday season! Our Holiday Favorites Gift Guide contains everything you need for those cherished kids on your list, and features our very [...]