Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For [...]

Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Want to help make your baby smarter and stronger? I’ve got the answer… Let them spend time on the floor PLAYING!!!! The time babies spend playing is critical to their development as it plays a crucial role [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Encouraging Early Reading Skills with Toddlers

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This early reading skills post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Many people know how important reading skills are for preschoolers and school age children. There have been many studies that point to the fact that children who are read to more frequently at home are more likely [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

Back to School Homework for Parents

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This back to school post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Summer is coming to a close and the sound of school bells are in the near distance. But before we dream of first day photos and plan lunch box notes, here are nine tips to prep kids [...]

FREE PRINTABLE: Healthy-Eating Shopping List for Kids

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This shopping list for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Has your little one been living on a diet of 95% Goldfish crackers? Getting kids, especially toddlers, to eat healthy can be challenging. One of the best ways to get kids to try new things [...]