Bonding over bubbles

Bonding over Bubbles | Melissa & Doug

  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more [...]

Playtime Tips for Building Self Awareness

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Where am I in space?”  “What is my body doing right now?”  Those are probably not questions that you ask yourself very often. It is very important, however, that all of us have an awareness of where our [...]

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Let’s step into the kitchen for hands-on fun & learning with your child.  Cooking with your child can be a memorable experience but you can also be encouraging your child to read at the same time!  Here a few tips [...]

“Traveling with Kids” Summer Series: A Look in the Rearview Mirror

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Starting to feel the end-of-summer blues? There’s still PLENTY of time to squeeze in a Family Summer Vacation. Whether it’s a quick hotel stay, camping trip, or you’re just stealing away for a Family Dinner Date, we’ve got you covered. Check out the latest posts from our “ON the GO” summer series to learn about [...]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle fingers [...]

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 [...]

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!

30 Days of Lunches

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 [...]