Understanding Concepts

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This post about understanding concepts was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me that her first grader’s teacher has mentioned to her several times that her son needs help learning concepts. My [...]

Helping Kids Learn to Wait!

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This post about helping kids learn to wait is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What did we ever do before smart phones and the Internet? Everything we need to know is now at our fingertips! Do you even remember the days before we had DVR and [...]

3 Tips to Help Kids Sleep Better

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This sleeping tips post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Do you have a child who has trouble sleeping? Sleep is so important for our children to stay healthy, learn, and participate in their daily tasks (not to mention that we parents function better when our kids are sleeping well!!). I [...]

Sensory Processing: 7 Facts Everyone Should Know

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This sensory processing post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Have you heard the term “sensory processing” yet had no clue what it meant? Or maybe you have heard of it but aren’t quite clear what it means or how it relates to your child. In fact, that [...]

Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

Explore the New Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop!

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. . . Ready. . . Set. . . Shop! Get ready to find the perfect holiday gift for all the kids on your list – because the Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop is officially open! This online store is your go-to destination for everything you need this holiday season, from classic toys, to “wow-worthy” [...]

Leaf Play

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are changing, the wind is picking up and the air is getting cooler. What could be a better fall activity than Leaf Play? We all know how fun a day in the [...]

Fall is in the Air!

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These outdoor autumn activity ideas are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Ahhh!!!  Fall is in the air!! I love the feeling of the crisp air, the sight of school buses going by, the taste of homemade applesauce (or apple cake!), and the sound of football on the TV. Those things [...]

Sight Word Stamping

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Sight words are some of the most important parts of learning to read. Some might even say they are the building blocks to reading and writing. That’s why I’m excited to share some of our favorite ways to make learning [...]