Week 2 of Summer Fun is Here!

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Here it is ~ Week 2 of your fun Summer Calendar! Each Monday we’ll bring you another exciting week of our Summer Calendar! You’ll find June packed with game ideas, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, family-friendly tips for traveling with the kids, and special features dedicated to “Taking Care of You”! You can download and print this week’s interactive [...]

Taking Care Of You: Gym Guilt Be Gone!

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Children need healthy parents. They don’t need a mom who is size 2 or a dad with a killer six-pack, but they need parents who can manage their stress, have a healthy heart, and good immune system. There will be times when no matter what we do as parents we get sick, but a great [...]

Boost Your Day with a Morning Ritual

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This Taking Care of You post is brought to us by guest writer Shawn Fink from The Abundant Mama Project. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: When it comes to mornings with kids, there are often two things that come to mind. We either wish for more sleep. Or we wish for more time. The morning rush — whether it be [...]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

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These skill development tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side [...]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These ideas for overcoming cabin fever are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you - with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear [...]

Foolproof Chocolate Puffs

Fool proof chocolate puffs: Great for baking with kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Baking with kids is such a special experience. I love to work with my girls in the kitchen but outside of the bigger holidays, it can be a little harder to squeeze in the time to do it. Especially when it means an extended period of measuring, mixing, and rolling or cutting. Sometimes you just [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]

How to Survive Sick Days with Kids

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This how to survive sick days with kids post is from our guest editor Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor at Care.com. Your child is sick. Whether it’s an ear infection, nasty cold, flu or stomach bug, day care or school is not an option. Neither is music class or the wildly fun playgroup you [...]

There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By [...]