Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Want to help make your baby smarter and stronger? I’ve got the answer… Let them spend time on the floor PLAYING!!!! The time babies spend playing is critical to their development as it plays a crucial role [...]

5 Brain Games for Kids!

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This brain games post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com We love visiting the Ontario Science Centre for their great hands-on exhibits. We even had the chance to sleepover in the building after everyone had left for the day. One exhibit we really enjoyed was all about the Brain, how it works and how we [...]

Tummy Time Play!

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This tummy time post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Tummy time…it’s something we know we should do with our infants but why?  Some babies like it, some babies tolerate it, and some babies want nothing to do with it! So, should we really help our [...]

Loving Language! Exploring Language-Based Play

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This post about language-based play is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children of all ages could use extra support and practice in the area of language development. A great way to sneak in some practice is to play with your children! Believe it or [...]

50+ Box Play Activities with Kids

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This box play activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It. Have you ever noticed at times your child is more interested in the box than the new toy? You take quite a bit of thought in a gift to give your child and many times once they [...]

Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe

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This Alphabet Soup post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The cold weather has officially moved into the Midwest over the past couple weeks. The kids have been outside playing in the snow already and I’ve been dreaming of all of the wonderful [...]

Playtime with Toy Vehicles

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Trains, planes, boats and cars are all part of the wonderful world of toy vehicles! Even very young children can become fascinated with fire trucks, bright yellow buses on their way to school or trains chugging down the tracks. Whatever the inspiration, vehicles become a favorite playtime activity for many girls and boys! Zoooom!  These four squeezable Pull-Back Vehicles roll quickly across the floor, after being pulled back gently and released. Special “rev-up” wheels make it easy [...]

4 Ideas for Getting Creative with Sidewalk Chalk

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This tips for Getting Creative with Sidewalk Chalk are brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Just like crafts can keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, a bucket of colourful sidewalk chalk can keep the kids engaged outside on a nice day. We used our chalk to expand our creativity and [...]

Using Play to Promote Core Strength and Handwriting Skills

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These core strength and handwriting skills tips for 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 [...]