Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

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These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three straight days. Raising healthy eaters [...]

Telling Time with “Bye-Bye Balloon Press & Spin Game”

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Last week, Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP (from Activity Tailor) shared some wonderful speech and language skill builders using our Bye-Bye-Balloon Press & Spin game. Today, she’s sharing some tips on using the game to help kids learn to understand the concept of telling time. Check out her ideas below, and share with us in the comments [...]

Who Knows Toys Better Than Kids?

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Nobody, that’s who! While the winners of the recent Toy Makers II Design Competition may not see their entries on toy store shelves anytime soon, the real reward is in the design of the toys itself. The competition challenged children from 6-8 and 9-12 to design their very own toy. Contestants had to use problem-solving [...]

Teaching Tots to Pick Up

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Watching the joy on your toddler’s face as they play with their toys is priceless. However, not so priceless is the mess they often leave when they’re done. While it is important to be patient with them, it is equally important to teach them from a young age to clean up after themselves. To help [...]

Encourage Healthy Eating with a “Kid’s Restaurant”!

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This “Healthy Eating for Kids” article is written by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat What better way for your child to learn about healthy eating than to play with it! By creating your very own Kid’s Restaurant, your child will learn to not only identify several different food items, but will learn that making good [...]

Building Key Developmental Skills for Kids…with Easter Projects!

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Written by our guest writer, and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hippity Hop Hop… Easter’s almost here! And, believe it or not, there are endless ways to reinforce some important developmental skills for kids with special needs in preparation for the holiday. In fact, children of all ages and abilities can enjoy getting ready [...]

How to Honor Your Child’s Artwork

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Parents: You’ve come to anticipate the flood of artwork your children tote home in their backpacks each day, not to mention the masterpieces they create at home. But the fact is, you just can’t save it all. So how do you go about displaying, and honoring, your child’s artwork? Try these simple, creative solutions for sorting [...]

3 Simple Tips to Develop Your Child’s Oral Motor Skills

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Practicing oral motor skills might sound like “work,” but you can easily do it during everyday activities you already do with your child. Here’s 3 simple tips to practice oral motor skills during meal time and play time: Drinking through a straw: Have your child use a straw when drinking to strengthen oral motor muscles. [...]

2 Play-Based Tools for Oral Motor Success!

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Children need to build their oral motor skills to eat, swallow, speak, and make facial expressions (to say the least!)  To do all of these properly, children must first develop awareness, strength, and control of the muscles in their face and mouth. Activities that require children to use pursed lips — such as playing certain wind [...]