Creative Ways to Play and Learn with Dress Up

If you are searching for a few ways to make learning interesting and fun, look no further than your child’s dress up outfits. My kids love to dress up for pretend play, so these learning activities were a huge hit with them! We love the costume role play sets from Melissa & Doug because they are […]

4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

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

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

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!

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

This post about storytelling with puppets was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from 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!

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

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 […]