Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, […]

Fine Motor Development and Your Infant

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 […]

Playtime Tips for Building Self Awareness

These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Where am I in space?”  “What is my body doing right now?” Those are probably not questions that you ask yourself very often. It is very important, however, that all of us have an awareness of where our […]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

These play-based 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 […]

2 Scissor Skills Printables for Kids

We’re sharing two free pages of scissor skills printables! 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 […]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

Integrating therapy practice into your everyday home activities is a great way to keep your child motivated and on task. Simply following the lead and interests of your child can open up exciting possibilities for reaching countless therapy goals. Pretending to grocery shop is one way that Anchel Krishna and her husband Dilip work on […]

Introducing Two New Special Needs Resources

We are thrilled to share with you a very special project that is close to our hearts: a catalog custom-made for families of children with special needs. As a valued member of our community, we wanted you to be among the first to see it! The Melissa & Doug Special Needs Toy Guide: A Resource […]

Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

These “Baking with Kids” activities are from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.) My kids love helping in the kitchen, and it is such a great way to incorporate learning into everyday life! This week we baked blueberry banana muffins. Then we took the learning further with some extension activities: […]

Why Do Babies Love Mirror Toys?

As any parent knows, babies just LOVE to see themselves in their mirror toys. What could be more interesting and relatable to babies than another baby reflected back at them — who looks, feels, and moves just as they do? Sure, babies are attracted to mirrors because they are shiny and bright. But mirrors are […]