Tummy Time Play!

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This tummy time post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Tummy time…it’s something we know we should do with our infants but why?  Some babies like it, some babies tolerate it, and some babies want nothing to do with it! So, should we really help our [...]

Creative Storytelling with Puppets

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This post about storytelling with puppets was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com Pretend play is a great way to encourage language development, explore new scenarios in a child’s life, as well as build on a child’s self confidence and presentation skills and puppets are a great tool to help facilitate all of these tasks. [...]

Introducing International Foods to Kids!

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This post about introducing international foods to kids is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. It is sometimes hard to admit, but very often our children eat foods WE like. If a parent models healthy eating and often has a wide variety of fruits and [...]

Sibling Activities with Dolls

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This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It Happy National Siblings Day! Do you have a special sibling to honor today? Encourage your child to do something special for their sibling day to celebrate. One super fun thing to do is to create a [...]

Fine Motor Fun on the Run!

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This fine motor fun post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As the weather warms up and vacations pop up, it is important to think about toys and games that travel well! Many of these toys are a huge hit and help make learning fun. [...]

Phone Number Learning Activities for Kids!

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This post of phone number learning activities is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. One day, I left my cell phone at home by accident. Which wasn’t really a big deal to me, until I wanted to call my husband to check something and realized, I couldn’t accurately remember his cell [...]

Understanding Concepts

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This post about understanding concepts was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me that her first grader’s teacher has mentioned to her several times that her son needs help learning concepts. My [...]

A Garden Exploration Table

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This Garden Exploration Table post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. Spring is nearly here! While we still have snow on the ground and the weather is raw and rainy here, the kids and I decided to bring a little spring indoors. I set up a garden exploration table for [...]

Meet our Family of Giant Stuffed Animals!

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Stuffed animals can be the most lovable and loyal of friends! With super-soft fur and cuddles galore, these snuggly buddies can bring sweet dreams at bedtime, lots of warm hugs, and endless hours of play on rainy days. Our Melissa & Doug family of furry friends has grown to include more than 150 different animals, and we’d love to introduce [...]