Balloon-Themed Games for Language & Artic Practice

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Need a new way to practice basic language concepts? How about different places and manners of articulation? You can do BOTH by putting a new “spin” on the Press and Spin game Bye-Bye Balloon. Speech-language pathologist Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers some clever ways she uses this balloon-themed game for articulation and language practice. Read [...]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

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This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how [...]

Stacy Shares: Back to School Bedtime Routines

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Do you struggle with your back to school bedtime routine? Have kids who are too tired to listen, eat breakfast in the morning, or make sound judgements throughout the day? Can the morning rush and/or putting your kids to bed be one of your least favorite parts of the day? It doesn’t have to be [...]

5 Tummy Time Tips: It’s Not Just for Babies…

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Our guest writer and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D., shares her tips for encouraging “Tummy Time” in bigger kids. Most parents have heard and read about the importance of giving infants “tummy time.” Traditionally, we think of this as an activity for babies, that comes along with a whole host of benefits [...]

Work Through Worries with Play School

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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     Children aren’t always the best at expressing their anxiety. It might come out through naughty behavior, sleep disruption or tearfulness but it’s rare to come [...]

30 days of lunchboxes!

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Back to School time is upon us; do you have your lunch packing skills ready? This was my least favorite part of kindergarden so we’re heading into first grade prepared! I’ve created a master list of 30 successful packed lunches that my little lady gave two thumbs up to last year and I’m sharing them [...]

Make it a Smarty Pants Countdown to the New School Year

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This cool and creative, get kids excited about school idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. “The school year is coming, folks, so let’s get our kids–and ourselves!–psyched.” -Amy Before we know it, big yellow buses will be zipping around every corner, shiny new school backpacks [...]

Swimming Games Round-Up (And Pool Party Tips!)

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Whether you’ve got a tot you’re trying to coax to dip a toe in the water, or your kids are ready to do cannonballs off the side of the pool, we have you covered with swimming games, ideas, and pool party tips. So put on some goggles, sit back, and check out these splishin’-splashin’ pool-time [...]

The “Secret Service” Activity: A Lesson in Kindness

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This play activity (and lesson in kindness) is provided for the Summer Fun Calendar by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat.   This summer, you and your child can spend an entire day devoted to serving other people…as members of the “Secret Service”! Challenge your child to see how many things he can do for others without [...]