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 [...]

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 [...]

Take a “Time-In”: Teaching Your Child to Self Regulate

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Go to time out.”   Those are words that probably most of us parents have said at least once in our time as parents. I want to tell you about an alternative to time out that I find can work better; [...]

Developing Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills: Ages 1–6

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Whether you need help encouraging Baby to walk or are just looking for exciting ways to teach your child to hop, balance, and throw with ease, we’ve got you covered with gross motor games and activities for ages 1–6 years. Gross motor activities engage the LARGE MUSCLES in the body — the arms, legs, and [...]

Bonding over bubbles

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  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 [...]