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 [...]

Daylight Saving Time – Changing the Clock!

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This Sunday marks the beginning of what’s known as “Daylight Saving” time, when most people in the United States will move the time on their clocks ahead by one hour (the time officially changes at 2:00 am on Sunday). In recent years it may have become simpler to make the change to Daylight Saving because so many clocks are automatically updated, like on cell phones, tablets, etc. [...]

Helping Kids Learn to Wait!

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This post about helping kids learn to wait is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What did we ever do before smart phones and the Internet? Everything we need to know is now at our fingertips! Do you even remember the days before we had DVR and [...]

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 [...]

50+ Box Play Activities with Kids

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This box play activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Have you ever noticed at times your child is more interested in the box than the new toy? You take quite a bit of thought in a gift to give your child and many times once they [...]

8 Easy Valentine’s Day Treats for Kids

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This Valentine’s Day themed post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. You know what my favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is? The treats. I bet if you ask your kids the same question, their answer would be similar to mine. Every child looks forward to exchanging valentines at [...]

Simple Tip for Teaching Toddler Chores

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Toddlers are amazing. They are growing and learning every day. They can light up the room with their smiles and laughter and they thrive on independence. That’s why this is the perfect time to encourage your toddler to help out [...]