Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For [...]

Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Want to help make your baby smarter and stronger? I’ve got the answer… Let them spend time on the floor PLAYING!!!! The time babies spend playing is critical to their development as it plays a crucial role [...]

Beginner’s Guide to the Auditory Sensory System

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the last edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to all children. [...]

15 Tips for Bedtime From Everyday Moms

15 Tips for Bedtime from Everyday Moms

This post on connecting with your child at bedtime is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Bedtime. [urg] It can truly be a challenge, especially for parents of younger children. When my girls were toddlers, I sometimes dreaded bedtime [...]

Play with a Purpose: Doctor Visits with Kids

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This Play with a Purpose post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As parents, educators and caregivers we know the importance of pretend play. Children of all ages love to dress up and become one of their favorite characters, role model, or even an animal.  [...]

Moving and Learning! Gross Motor Play

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This Moving and Learning post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Now that the weather is cooperating it is time to get the kids out and have some fun. Often children get bored with the same old outside toys. Getting a few new multi-purpose items [...]

What is the Visual Sensory System?

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for a parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the third edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to all [...]

Sibling Activities with Dolls

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This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It Happy National Siblings Day! Do you have a special sibling to honor today? Encourage your child to do something special for their sibling day to celebrate. One super fun thing to do is to create a [...]

Fine Motor Fun on the Run!

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This fine motor fun post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As the weather warms up and vacations pop up, it is important to think about toys and games that travel well! Many of these toys are a huge hit and help make learning fun. [...]