Holiday Travel Recap: Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

At this point in the year, we hope your suitcases are unpacked from holiday travel and you can finally exhale! We looked over our holiday travel notes and wanted to share this recap from our friends at Simply Real Moms. Have any tips you want to share with us from your holiday travels? Write them [...]

How to Survive Sick Days with Kids

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This post is from our guest editor Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor at Care.com. Your child is sick. Whether it’s an ear infection, nasty cold, flu or stomach bug, day care or school is not an option. Neither is music class or the wildly fun playgroup you (both) look forward to every day. Instead, [...]

Quick Tips: Letting Your Kids Help in the Kitchen

Please welcome Grace Patton, our newest Guest Blogger, to the Playtime Press! Today, Grace is sharing her five tips on how to let your kids help in the kitchen. I’ve recently noticed that as soon as my husband or I offer to let one of our older kids (ages 3 and 2) “help” us do [...]

Fine Motor Development and Your Infant

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Today kicks off a new collaboration between The Playtime Press and Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors will join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! You’ve brought your little bundle of joy home [...]

Take a “Time-In”: Teaching Your Child to Self Regulate

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Go to time out.”   Those are words that probably most of us parents have said at least once in our time as parents. I want to tell you about an alternative to time out that I find can work better; [...]

Top 5 Gift Picks for Older Kids (ages 8 years and up)

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This top 5 holiday–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity.  Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too.  And [...]

Holiday Messes Don’t Have to Stop the Party: 5 Easy Solutions

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Written by guest contributor Katie Bugbee.   There are your everyday messes, kid’s room messes and playroom disasters. And then there are the messes that come from hosting gaggles of family members for the holidays — and having to feed and shelter them day after day. As a parent, you’ve probably mastered how to get your kids [...]

Top Toy Picks For Baby’s First Christmas

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This pretend play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison     Babies change so quickly and when you are picking out Christmas gifts for them you want to balance toys they can use right now and [...]

There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By [...]