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 [...]

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 [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

Busy Boxes

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This busy boxes for babies post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Life is busy and hectic. Whether you have one kid or six, it can be an overwhelming task to keep your baby entertained and still be productive as a parent. I am over at Lemon Lime [...]

Quick Tips: Letting Your Kids Help in the Kitchen

Please welcome Grace Patton, our newest Guest Blogger, to the Playtime Press! Today, Grace is sharing her five tips on how to let your kids help in the kitchen. I’ve recently noticed that as soon as my husband or I offer to let one of our older kids (ages 3 and 2) “help” us do [...]

Unwind With Quiet Time Toy Bins

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Even with all the amazing summertime activities you may have planned, chances are your kids will still need a little downtime in the months ahead. So, this week in our Summer Fun Calendar, guest blogger and mom of quadruplets, Rebecca (A Beautiful Ruckus) shares creative ways to help kids unwind with Quiet Time Toy Bins. Read her [...]

Activities For Toddlers

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To a toddler, just sitting on the floor watching life happen can be fun and entertaining. However, in order to ensure they are getting the most out of their developmental years, there are certain activities for toddlers that are more valuable than others. Learning doesn’t have to be a bore though, which is why Kid [...]

Stuffed Animals & Developmental Growth Benefits

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Stuffed animals are a very popular gift around birthdays and holidays, but did you know that when you give the gift of a furry new friend, you’re actually helping a child’s developmental growth as well? Here’s how: 1)      Even very young children learn through all of their senses. Stuffed animals have a soft texture that [...]