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 [...]

Beginner’s Guide to the Auditory 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 parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the last edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to all children. [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Introducing International Foods to Kids!

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This post about introducing international foods to kids is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. It is sometimes hard to admit, but very often our children eat foods WE like. If a parent models healthy eating and often has a wide variety of fruits and [...]

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 [...]

Fine Motor Fun on the Run!

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This fine motor fun post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As the weather warms up and vacations pop up, it is important to think about toys and games that travel well! Many of these toys are a huge hit and help make learning fun. [...]

Printable Origami Bunny Page

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Spring is in the air – or at least we hope spring is in the air where you are! It’s that time of year when colorful flowers, leafy plants and furry little creatures start peeking out toward the sun. We’re joining in the excitement by sharing a new and very special printable with you: a printable origami  bunny. “Origami” means [...]

Phone Number Learning Activities for Kids!

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This post of phone number learning activities is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. One day, I left my cell phone at home by accident. Which wasn’t really a big deal to me, until I wanted to call my husband to check something and realized, I couldn’t accurately remember his cell [...]