Hosting an Ice Cream Themed Play Date!

This play date idea is brought to you by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Summer time can be an opportunity to get together with friends. Finding a theme for the play date can be one of the best parts! Ice cream is a big hit anytime, especially with the hot weather. Here […]

Painting with Kids: Still Life, Landscapes, and Portraits

Guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com provided this post for the Melissa & Doug blog. 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 […]

Sensory Benefits of Sand Play

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the kids are starting to stir. What could be a better summer activity than Sand Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, but did you know the sensory benefits that can be found from a day at […]

Crossing Midline – Developing Important Skills

These skill development 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 […]

6 Secret Codes for Kids

This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. When we visited Colonial Williamsburg we took on the role of spies. As members of the Rev Quest: Black Chambers we were given a map to follow for clues, had secret meetings with villages and deciphered a few different types of code. It […]

5 Tips for Raising a Musically Minded Child

Check out these tips from guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat, 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. […]

Blowing Bubbles as a Skill Builder

These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When I picked my daughter up from preschool the other day, her teacher said something that perked my ears and got me thinking. I heard her teacher telling another mom that she had the kids outside blowing bubbles. What […]

Why hearing “Mom, I’m bored” is GOOD!

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Cindy Utzinger explains why the words “I’m bored.” are good to hear! Have you ever heard your kids say the words “I’m bored”? Well, if you have, you should pat yourself on the back and breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done. It seems like in our society these days, […]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

These ideas for overcoming cabin fever are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Is it just me or is anybody else ready for summer? These cold and rainy days – snowy for many of you – with less daylight start to make us all a little crazy (I think!). I hear […]