Your 2014 Summer Fun Calendar!

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Summer vacation is finally upon us! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! Much like our 2013 Summer Calendar, we’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips – plus a special “Taking Care of You” feature each Thursday - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week [...]

Boost Your Day with a Morning Ritual

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This Taking Care of You post is brought to us by guest writer Shawn Fink from The Abundant Mama Project. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: When it comes to mornings with kids, there are often two things that come to mind. We either wish for more sleep. Or we wish for more time. The morning rush — whether it be [...]

Open Toy Storage: Inviting Our Children to Play

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Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com I’ve overhauled our children’s toy area several times over the past few years. Baby, toddler, preschooler… at each age, children engage in play in different ways: gazing at toys on a blanket, grasping for toys dangling above, scooting to follow a mobile toy. For [...]

Gardening and Sensory Development

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This Gardening and Sensory Development post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. After the April showers have cleared up, it is time for May Flowers! Rumor has it that it is warm enough to plant outdoors after Mother’s Day, and planting is a wonderful [...]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side to be [...]

Potty training a strong willed child

Potty training a strong-willed child

We never potty trained our first child. When the time came, she managed it all herself. She went cold turkey on diapers one day and never looked back. I assumed with our second child that if we were patient enough, the same would happen. I should have known better. My second daughter loves to prove [...]

6 Secret Codes for Kids

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. When we visited Colonial Williamsburg we took on the role of spies. As members of the Rev Quest: Black Chambers we were given a map to follow for clues, had secret meetings with villages and deciphered a few different types of code. It [...]

Want to be Pen Pals?

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This post is written by Melissa & Doug guest editor Anna Ritchie. Growing up, I had a number of different ‘pen pals’:  Kids from other schools as part of a writing project, neighbors or friends who moved away, or even my dolls and stuffed animals as part of my imaginary play.  Although letter-writing is, to [...]

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids

Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij

Fun & Educational Tips for Gardening with Kids by Kim Vij This gardening post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Spring has a way of magically inviting our families outdoors to stop and enjoy nature and all the transformations that are occurring. One special thing to do as [...]