Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

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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

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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 [...]

Fine Motor Fun on the Run!

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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. As the weather warms up and vacations pop up, it is important to think about toys and games that travel well! Many of these toys are a huge hit and help make learning fun. [...]

Phone Number Learning Activities for Kids!

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This post of phone number learning activities is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. One day, I left my cell phone at home by accident. Which wasn’t really a big deal to me, until I wanted to call my husband to check something and realized, I couldn’t accurately remember his cell [...]

An Easy Card Trick and the Benefits of Magic

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This magic-inspired post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com An Easy Card Trick and the Benefits of Magic Magic and illusion have the ability to open a child’s mind to possibilities beyond the obvious. Seeing a great trick performed will have my kids clustered in discussion trying to figure out the magician’s secrets. It’s [...]

Daylight Saving Time – Changing the Clock!

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This Sunday marks the beginning of what’s known as “Daylight Saving” time, when most people in the United States will move the time on their clocks ahead by one hour (the time officially changes at 2:00 am on Sunday). In recent years it may have become simpler to make the change to Daylight Saving because so many clocks are automatically updated, like on cell phones, tablets, etc. [...]

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 [...]