Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

Turn your cellar space into an indoor marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But [...]

4 Ways Kids Can Show Love

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Saying the words “I love you” is important and something our kids learn early in life. Yet love can be expressed in our actions too.  Here are four ways kids can show love toward others: Saying Thank You After holidays and birthdays thank [...]

Foolproof Chocolate Puffs

Fool proof chocolate puffs: Great for baking with kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Baking with kids is such a special experience. I love to work with my girls in the kitchen but outside of the bigger holidays, it can be a little harder to squeeze in the time to do it. Especially when it means an extended period of measuring, mixing, and rolling or cutting. Sometimes you just [...]

Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

12 Things to Do with a Calendar at Home with Kids

Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars! Using her Print Your Own [...]

Quick Tips: Helping Picky Eaters

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who is a picky eater?  I do!  I have a 5 year old daughter who looks at new food with fear in her eyes.  Trying to get her to let something new touch her [...]

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 [...]