Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For [...]

Family Nature Hunt

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This family nature hunt activity and printable were shared with us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. When was the last time you went on a walk and really “took in” all that was around you – the sights, the sounds, the smells? As adults, our lives are busy; I get that. We’re [...]

Free Printable Activity Book for Kids: Summer Boredom Busters!

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It’s that exciting time that kids wait for all year: Summer Vacation! We want summertime to be packed with laughter and moments of discovery for kids. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring some extra creative fun to your children this summer, with our FREE 10-page Boredom Busters printable activity [...]

Play with a Purpose: Doctor Visits with Kids

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This Play with a Purpose post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As parents, educators and caregivers we know the importance of pretend play. Children of all ages love to dress up and become one of their favorite characters, role model, or even an animal.  [...]

5 Brain Games for Kids!

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This brain games post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com We love visiting the Ontario Science Centre for their great hands-on exhibits. We even had the chance to sleepover in the building after everyone had left for the day. One exhibit we really enjoyed was all about the Brain, how it works and how we [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Oral and Olfactory Sensory Systems

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This post about the oral and olfactory sensory systems is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for a parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the fifth edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory [...]

Sensory Benefits of Gardening with Kids

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. This time of year is always a great time to get outside and explore the garden with your children. It is full of flowers, planting and digging in the dirt. Not only are these things fun and exciting for kids, [...]

Sibling Water Play with Baby

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This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij atThe Educators’ Spin On It There is one thing that draws children together regardless of their ages… it’s water! Think of how much fun you had as a kid around water. Water play can be a fun way for siblings to connect. [...]

Be an Astronaut for a Day!

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This Space Day post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. The first Friday in May is Space Day, a celebration created by Lockheed Martin. Our family recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C., where we enjoyed the National Air and Space Museum. So I knew my boys would love [...]