Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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; [...]

There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By [...]

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 [...]