Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

These skill development tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. It probably comes as no surprise that you have two sides of your body; a right side and a left side. What may come as a surprise, though, is how important it is for the right side […]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and […]

Building Blocks: A Level-By-Level Infographic

If you loved building blocks as a kid, you probably want to pass on the joy of playing with blocks to a child you know. Our new Building Blocks Infographic is the perfect tool to help you decide which blocks are right for that special child on your list. Plus, we’ve included play tips for every age in our handy guide; […]

How to Host a “Let’s Have a Ball” Playdate!

This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Playdates can be sanity-savers when your kids are on summer break, but not when the kids are saying “I’m bored!” To help keep kids entertained, try picking a theme for their playdate. Recently, we gathered a few friends […]

Kickball Keep-Away

This Summer Fun kickball game is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Summertime often means more time spent outdoors! With so much extra time to spend outside, it’s great to have an array of games to choose from. One of my family’s favorites combines soccer with a game of keep-away and a whole lot of […]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

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 […]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 9: Camp Triathlon

Camp Sunny Patch Session 9 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Zina Harrington. (Click here for a printable version.) Do you have a little Olympian? This weekend the Summer Olympic Triathlon competitions begin. (Watch the women athletes Saturday, August 4, and the men […]

Camp Sunny Patch is Always In Session

Have you been reading our Camp Sunny Patch posts but just haven’t had the time to play along? Maybe because of family vacations or activities for your kids out of the house? Well that’s not a problem–because unlike registered camps that go by their schedule, Camp Sunny Patch is all about you and your schedule. […]

Play the Olympic Torch Game!

Camp Sunny Patch Session 8 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Amy Mascott. (Click here for a printable version.) Get your children moving and grooving and into the Olympic spirit with the Olympic Torch Game! Children will skip, jump, and speed-walk through a […]