The Ultimate Rainy-Day Activity Book

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Even the gloomiest of days can be brightened with a few crafts, some imaginative play, and lots of laughter! That’s why we collaborated with our creative friends at Highlights again – this time to bring you The Ultimate Rainy-Day Activity Book: Part of our month of Rainy-Day fun! (If you haven’t seen our Rainy-Day Pinterest giveaway, you [...]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

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Integrating therapy practice into your everyday home activities is a great way to keep your child motivated and on task. Simply following the lead and interests of your child can open up exciting possibilities for reaching countless therapy goals. Pretending to grocery shop is one way that Anchel Krishna and her husband Dilip work on [...]

Activities For Toddlers

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To a toddler, just sitting on the floor watching life happen can be fun and entertaining. However, in order to ensure they are getting the most out of their developmental years, there are certain activities for toddlers that are more valuable than others. Learning doesn’t have to be a bore though, which is why Kid [...]

Introducing Two New Special Needs Resources

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We are thrilled to share with you a very special project that is close to our hearts: a catalog custom-made for families of children with special needs. As a valued member of our community, we wanted you to be among the first to see it! The Melissa & Doug Special Needs Toy Guide: A Resource [...]

Playtime Ideas for Raising Healthy Eaters

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These play ideas for raising healthy eaters was written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. You’ve probably sat across the table from a picky child who refused to eat their veggies. Or would not eat anything except French fries. Or else it had to be applesauce for three [...]

Who Knows Toys Better Than Kids?

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Nobody, that’s who! While the winners of the recent Toy Makers II Design Competition may not see their entries on toy store shelves anytime soon, the real reward is in the design of the toys itself. The competition challenged children from 6-8 and 9-12 to design their very own toy. Contestants had to use problem-solving [...]

Teaching Tots to Pick Up

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Watching the joy on your toddler’s face as they play with their toys is priceless. However, not so priceless is the mess they often leave when they’re done. While it is important to be patient with them, it is equally important to teach them from a young age to clean up after themselves. To help [...]

How to Honor Your Child’s Artwork

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Parents: You’ve come to anticipate the flood of artwork your children tote home in their backpacks each day, not to mention the masterpieces they create at home. But the fact is, you just can’t save it all. So how do you go about displaying, and honoring, your child’s artwork? Try these simple, creative solutions for sorting [...]

Making Room for the New! 6 Ways to Revamp Your Play Space for the New Year

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Ah, another year and another chance to start fresh! If all you see when you look around your child’s play area is clutter, clutter, clutter, it may be time to make room for the new and do something about the old, the broken, and the unused! 1. Make Room The first step to creating an [...]