Outdoor Bead Sequencing Scavenger Hunt

Combine outdoor play and important skills, with this activity from guest blogger Sarah Noftle of How Wee Learn. What makes an awesome learning activity for my busy boys? Well, to begin it needs to get them on the move and learning with their whole bodies (those busy, busy little bodies). It needs to be filled […]

Classic Toys and Timeless Favorites

From babies to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond, Melissa & Doug classic toys are timeless favorites for kids. These classic playtime activities feature engaging themes, innovative designs and heirloom quality craftsmanship, for play time experiences that never go out of style! In fact, many of our toys become cherished playthings that are passed down from child to […]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For […]

Babies: Time on the Floor Playing

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 […]

What is the Visual Sensory System?

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. Understanding sensory processing is extremely important for a parents, caregivers, and teachers alike, which is why I am truly excited to be back for the third edition in this six-month series unraveling Sensory Processing and how it relates to all […]

Printable Origami Bunny Page

Spring is in the air – or at least we hope spring is in the air where you are! It’s that time of year when colorful flowers, leafy plants and furry little creatures start peeking out toward the sun. We’re joining in the excitement by sharing a new and very special printable with you: a printable origami  bunny. “Origami” means […]

Family Game Night

This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa […]

Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe

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 […]

Sensory Benefits of Leaf Play

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are changing, the wind is picking up and the air is getting cooler. What could be a better fall activity than Leaf Play? We all know how fun a day in the […]