5 Tips for Raising a Musically Minded Child

Check out these tips from guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat, 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. […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Why hearing “Mom, I’m bored” is GOOD!

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Cindy Utzinger explains why the words “I’m bored.” are good to hear! Have you ever heard your kids say the words “I’m bored”? Well, if you have, you should pat yourself on the back and breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done. It seems like in our society these days, […]

Setting Educational Goals for your Child

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 […]

TeachMama’s Top 5 Toy Picks from Toy Fair 2014

This Toy Fair 2014 recap post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Melissa & Doug unveiled a ton of really awesome new products this year at Toy Fair. Check out our behind-the scenes look at Toy Fair, 2014: Like many of their classic toys, a number of […]

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 […]