Moving and Learning! Gross Motor Play

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This Moving and Learning post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Now that the weather is cooperating it is time to get the kids out and have some fun. Often children get bored with the same old outside toys. Getting a few new multi-purpose items [...]

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 [...]

Free Personalization – for a Limited Time!

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Personalized Play from Melissa & Doug! We admit it . . . at Melissa & Doug we love toys and fun! Our favorite childhood memories are filled with laughter and games, and many precious moments as parents include play-centered activities with our kids! Playtime can be even more exciting, with products customized using Melissa & Doug’s personalization service. And for a limited [...]

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. [...]

Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother?

Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother?

Mother’s Day is this weekend and we want to take a moment to pause and ask YOU … Dear Moms: What are your favorite things about being a mother? Be sure to pop on over to Facebook and share your answer. Our Blog Ambassadors replied… Watching my husband grow into a great father … and [...]

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 [...]

What is the Visual Sensory System?

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This post 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 third edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to all [...]

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. [...]

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

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This spring break indoor camping adventure post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. It would be an understatement to say that our family is looking forward to summer. We were super excited to see the snow melt away last month and now we have a bad case of spring fever. [...]