Learning at Lunch! Smarty Pants Lunchbox Notes Idea

More fun ideas for lunchbox notes, from guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! Even as early as October, packing lunches for the kids might have become routine… perhaps even a little, dare-I-say… boring? Time to change it up a little! You may not be able to switch your child’s foods because of allergies, school rules, or […]

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 […]

Setting Goals with Kids – Making Achievement Visible!

These creative tips for setting goals with kids come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! From birth, we cheer when our kids reach milestones like walking and talking. As they grow, we move on to milestones that are self-directed (or parent directed). Teaching kids to set goals and achieve them can be a delicate balancing […]

Goal Setting and Encouraging Positive Behavior

These tips for encouraging positive behavior were contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Every parent struggles with disciplining his or her children. Very often there is a difficult balance between establishing and enforcing rules. Consistency is one of the most important concepts […]

Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

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 […]

Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

This post about transitioning into the school year is contributed to the Melissa & Doug blog by guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time […]

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 […]

Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come […]