Setting Goals with Kids – Making Achievement Visible!

These creative tips for setting goals with kids come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! From birth, we cheer when our kids reach milestones like walking and talking. As they grow, we move on to milestones that are self-directed (or parent directed). Teaching kids to set goals and achieve them can be a delicate balancing […]

Map and Alphabet Printables for Kids!

Whether school has started for your family or it’s still a way off, these free school time printables are a great way to review the basics or learn something new – while keeping things entertaining! Animal Alphabet Printable The playful illustrations and vibrant colors of this alphabet printable will quickly catch the eye of young […]

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 […]

Create a Personalized Handmade Book

This handmade book craft is brought to us by guest blogger Julie Kieras at HappyStrongHome. The coloring sheets and drawing project persist in piles about our house. And the boys are always asking for paper. So I decided we could (temporarily!) solve both those problems by creating drawing booklets for the kids to collect the designs and […]

5 Brain Games for Kids!

This brain games post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from 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 […]

Sensory Benefits of Gardening with Kids

This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. This time of year is always a great time to get outside and explore the garden with your children. It is full of flowers, planting and digging in the dirt. Not only are these things fun and exciting for kids, […]

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 […]

Loving Language! Exploring Language-Based Play

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 […]