All the “Signs” of Pre-Literacy – Environmental Print Activities

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This pre-literacy activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com Your toddler asks if you’re going to “The Red Store.” He knows when you’ve just passed “Hamburger House” because of those ever-present yellow M’s! She tells you to stop when the stop sign is yards away. Guess what? Your child is reading! [...]

Coloring and Body Awareness

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Coloring….it’s something most kids do at one time or another (but some certainly enjoy more than others). Obviously, we love the beautiful creations that our children turn out, but did you know that there is so much more to [...]

Sight Word Stamping

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Sight words are some of the most important parts of learning to read. Some might even say they are the building blocks to reading and writing. That’s why I’m excited to share some of our favorite ways to make learning [...]

Fine Motor Fun!

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This Fine Motor Fun post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. There are many ways to sneak in fine motor fun without children knowing! Many every day activities such as playing with clay, finger painting or even watering plants with a spray bottle are [...]

4 Important Things to Learn from Playtime!

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Play, play, play . . . every day! Running, jumping and playing games are some of the best parts of growing up! Playtime is also a terrific opportunity to introduce children to concepts that they will need to know, like how to get along with siblings, utilizing important safety skills, and even understanding how clocks and the calendar work. Some of your favorite bloggers [...]

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, [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 7

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Summer vacation is finally here! 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! This week is packed with creative fun, indoor and outdoor play, family travel tips and more - all from your favorite bloggers! Enjoy arts & crafts and creative play. Play with your food, on National Ice Cream [...]

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 [...]

Sensory Benefits of Sand Play

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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 Sand Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, but did you know the sensory benefits that can be found from a day at [...]