Playtime with Toy Vehicles

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Trains, planes, boats and cars are all part of the wonderful world of toy vehicles! Even very young children can become fascinated with fire trucks, bright yellow buses on their way to school or trains chugging down the tracks. Whatever the inspiration, vehicles become a favorite playtime activity for many girls and boys! Zoooom!  These four squeezable Pull-Back Vehicles roll quickly across the floor, after being pulled back gently and released. Special “rev-up” wheels make it easy [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically-Minded Child

There is a lot of research that shows how music can help children in multiple ways: academically, socially, and creatively. The trick is getting them to want to learn about and become interested in music in the first place. Here are some tips and other ways you can help bring music into your home and [...]

How to Host a “Let’s Have a Ball” Playdate!

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This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Playdates can be sanity-savers when your kids are on summer break, but not when the kids are saying “I’m bored!” To help keep kids entertained, try picking a theme for their playdate. Recently, we gathered a few friends [...]

Kickball Keep-Away

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This Summer Fun kickball game is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Summertime often means more time spent outdoors! With so much extra time to spend outside, it’s great to have an array of games to choose from. One of my family’s favorites combines soccer with a game of keep-away and a whole lot of [...]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

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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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 9: Camp Triathlon

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 9 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Zina Harrington. (Click here for a printable version.) Do you have a little Olympian? This weekend the Summer Olympic Triathlon competitions begin. (Watch the women athletes Saturday, August 4, and the men [...]