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 [...]

Learning Fine Motor Skills with Wooden Beads and Letters, too!

Learning Fine Motor Skills for Back to School

This Fine Motor Skills Activity is brought to us by Kim Vij at The Educators’ Spin On It One of the fundamental skills that we encourage our children to develop early is their Fine Motor Skills. Getting ready to gear up for Back to School is on everyone’s mind, and this is one of the [...]

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 [...]

Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals

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This Benefits to Kids Keeping Journals post was created by Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. Over the summer the kids have enjoyed their letter-writing project. As they receive replies I hope they continue writing throughout the year. Unlike letter writing, journals aren’t reliant on a recipient and can contain ideas and thoughts that your child doesn’t necessarily [...]

Give the gift of Classic Toys this Back to School Season!

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Melissa & Doug classic toys are carefully crafted with children in mind – each toy has an innovative design, classic and dynamic colors, and cheerful graphics. Created to stimulate creative play every day, these classic toys are beloved by children and caretakers alike.   Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks are a tremendous value. Made of premium, [...]

Play with your Food – and Learn!

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Looking for a little mealtime fun, without the mess? Melissa & Doug Food Play sets are the perfect way to introduce new foods to your little one – and even practice preparing and serving food! Cutting Food – Wooden Play Food is an award-winning toy, complete with “crunching” cutting sounds! Use the small cutting board [...]

The Grocery Store Game

The Grocery Store Game for Preschoolers

This post was sponsored by Melissa & Doug, and brought to us by guest blogger Rebecca from A Beautiful Ruckus. Our kids love the grocery store. I mean, love the grocery store.  I think it’s the combination of riding in the grocery carts, holding the different items as they make it into the basket, and seeing all of the [...]

Hands Free Kids

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Are you getting tired of looking at the top of your kids’ heads as they look down to play their electronics? Have you had enough of talking to kids only to get no response because they are so immersed in [...]

Summer Structure & Skills

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This Summer Structure & Skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Although everyone breathes a big sigh of relief when the rigorous routine of school ends, we can’t forget about the importance of structure.  All children, especially those with special needs thrive in a structured [...]