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 […]

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. […]

Family Nature Hunt

This family nature hunt activity and printable were shared with us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. When was the last time you went on a walk and really “took in” all that was around you – the sights, the sounds, the smells? As adults, our lives are busy; I get that. We’re […]

15 Tips for Bedtime From Everyday Moms

This post on connecting with your child at bedtime is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Bedtime. [urg] It can truly be a challenge, especially for parents of younger children. When my girls were toddlers, I sometimes dreaded bedtime […]