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 […]

Why Pretend Play Is So Important

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 […]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

These winter obstacle course activities are provided by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you – with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear so many parents and teachers comment on how […]

16 Ways to Cure the “Cabin Fever Crazies”

Feeling a little STIR CRAZY? Perhaps your kids have a touch of CABIN FEVER? We’ve got 16 ideas to help your family turn your WINTER DOLDRUMS into exciting FAMILY FUN! NEW Craft Kits from Melissa & Doug: CUT-CREASE-CREATE! When Cabin Fever sets in, parents are always looking for a fresh activity to entertain antsy little […]

Free Valentine’s Day Printable: Heartfelt Mini Notes!

Spread the love! Create a heartfelt mini note or friendship necklace for your valentine. This free Melissa & Doug printable includes a template for your mini note, as well as an envelope for a sweet delivery. Just click here to print this Valentine’s Day printable. Shop the Story Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Heart Beads Shimmering Hearts Wooden Bead Set […]

5 Clever Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

Did you know that January 29th is National Puzzle Day? Whether your puzzle preference is jigsaw, crossword, or maze, there are TONS of fun ways — for both children and adults — to celebrate puzzles. If you’re feeling puzzled about how you could celebrate this special day with your child, try these ideas on for […]