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 [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 7

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Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! This week is packed with creative fun, indoor and outdoor play, family travel tips and more - all from your favorite bloggers! Enjoy arts & crafts and creative play. Play with your food, on National Ice Cream [...]

4 Ideas for Getting Creative with Sidewalk Chalk

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This tips for Getting Creative with Sidewalk Chalk are brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Just like crafts can keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, a bucket of colourful sidewalk chalk can keep the kids engaged outside on a nice day. We used our chalk to expand our creativity and [...]

Using Play to Promote Core Strength and Handwriting Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When your children are playing, I’ll bet you don’t often stop to think about how important play time is for developing their handwriting skills. Handwriting . . . it’s one of those things that seems so simple yet, so [...]

Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Most times when my kids pull out the paint it is to create creatures, scenes, and images from their imagination. This is a great way to explore their creativity but painting to recreate something they see can also open a new way [...]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

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These 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 to be [...]

Fine Motor Development and Your Infant

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Today kicks off a new collaboration between The Playtime Press and Simply Real Moms, an online magazine dedicated to providing relevant information to parents. With backgrounds in education and early childhood development, Simply Real Moms’ editors will join us to share effective tips that you can actually use – now! You’ve brought your little bundle of joy home [...]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle fingers [...]

2 Scissor Skills Printables for Kids

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Often, a good pair of scissors and some paper are all you need for creative work to begin! Grab some child-safe scissors and print out these two Scissor Skills printables! Your kids will love having an excuse to make tiny scraps of paper appear everywhere, and you’ll enjoy watching them practice their fine motor skills! (Scissor crafts [...]