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 [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

Sensory Benefits Pool 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 sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the kids are starting to stir. What could be a better summer activity than Pool Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, [...]

Using Play to Promote Core Strength and Handwriting Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When your children are playing, I’ll bet you don’t often stop to think about how important play time is for developing their handwriting skills. Handwriting . . . it’s one of those things that seems so simple yet, so [...]

Car Trip Tips!

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Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! This post of helpful car travel tips is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. For many of us, the summer is [...]

Get Kids Excited about Packing for Travel!

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Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! This travel tips post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. It’s that time of year again. School is letting out, the kids are home, [...]

8 Things to Prep for this Summer

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This post is written by Katie Bugbee, the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. Olaf loves summer. And so does every child on the planet. But this season of no school and longer daylight hours can often mean more work and more planning for parents and caregivers. Here are eight of the most important [...]

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 [...]