Open Toy Storage: Inviting Our Children to Play

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Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com I’ve overhauled our children’s toy area several times over the past few years. Baby, toddler, preschooler… at each age, children engage in play in different ways: gazing at toys on a blanket, grasping for toys dangling above, scooting to follow a mobile toy. For [...]

Gardening and Sensory Development

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This Gardening and Sensory Development post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. After the April showers have cleared up, it is time for May Flowers! Rumor has it that it is warm enough to plant outdoors after Mother’s Day, and planting is a wonderful [...]

6 Secret Codes for Kids

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. When we visited Colonial Williamsburg we took on the role of spies. As members of the Rev Quest: Black Chambers we were given a map to follow for clues, had secret meetings with villages and deciphered a few different types of code. It [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

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, [...]

It’s MAGIC! Teaching Presentation Skills & Building Confidence in Kids

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Provided by guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play). I’ve read that public speaking ranks as the number one fear in the minds of a majority of people in America, even over the fear of death and disease. With so many classes and careers in life that require public speaking, I aim [...]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

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These play-based fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger,  pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle [...]

An At-Home Snack Bar for Sneaky Math Fun

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This cool and creative, sneaky-math play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “It’s all about finding ways of sneaking in learning through play.” -Amy Pool season is upon us, and for many kids, the pool means splashing, swimming, and fun in sun. But for other kids, [...]

Presidents’ Day Bingo (Activity & Printable!)

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Written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. In honor of Presidents’ Day, I put together this fun activity that can combine money math with a bit of  presidential trivia. My son had a great time with this and really benefited from the hands-on learning. To play this game, we used the coins from [...]