Open Toy Storage: Inviting Our Children to Play

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Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com I’ve overhauled our children’s toy area several times over the past few years. Baby, toddler, preschooler… at each age, children engage in play in different ways: gazing at toys on a blanket, grasping for toys dangling above, scooting to follow a mobile toy. For [...]

Want to be Pen Pals?

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This post is written by Melissa & Doug guest editor Anna Ritchie. Growing up, I had a number of different ‘pen pals’:  Kids from other schools as part of a writing project, neighbors or friends who moved away, or even my dolls and stuffed animals as part of my imaginary play.  Although letter-writing is, to [...]

Melissa & Doug’s 5 Tips for Selecting Toys for 12-24 Month Olds

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Last week, we shared Five Tips for Selecting Baby Toys and we are thrilled to share our picks for the 12-24 month olds in your life. The time between one and two is a special time, full of new skills and exploration. We often describe this time as an “explosion” of new abilities – it’s exciting [...]

Blowing Bubbles as a Skill Builder

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When I picked my daughter up from preschool the other day, her teacher said something that perked my ears and got me thinking.  I heard her teacher telling another mom that she had the kids outside blowing bubbles.  What [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Three

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Here’s some more free printable fun for you, from your friends at Melissa & Doug. The printable fun with Melissa & Doug continues this spring! This alphabet-themed printable is perfect for helping little letter learners practice their skills. So many amazing things begin with the letter “a“. Simply click here or on the artwork below [...]

Spring Obstacle Course!

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This Spring Obstacle Course post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hurray! It looks like Spring has finally sprung! The kids have been cooped up all winter long and now is a great time to get them outside for some exercise. In nice weather, playgrounds, parks, [...]

Busy Boxes

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This busy boxes for babies post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Life is busy and hectic. Whether you have one kid or six, it can be an overwhelming task to keep your baby entertained and still be productive as a parent. I am over at Lemon Lime [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part Two

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This spring printable is perfect for your little birdy! Have your child count the birds in the scene, then write their answer in the box below. Click here or on the picture below to print this free Counting Fun! Spring Printable. Use your favorite colors to bring life to this lovely springtime scene! Extend the [...]

Spring Printable FUN! Part One

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This free printable fun page is from you friends at Melissa & Doug. Melissa & Doug’s Spring Printable FUN continues with this Hidden Picture page. We’ve even mixed a bit of letter recognition play to the “mystery” of our hidden picture activity – for a little “hidden” learning! Color the spaces according to our directions to reveal a surprise picture! Add some [...]