Sensory Benefits of Sand Play

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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

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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 [...]

Get the Wiggles Out with a Winter Obstacle Course!

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These tips 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 so many parents and [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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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

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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 [...]

Building Blocks: A Level-By-Level Infographic

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If you loved building blocks as a kid, you probably want to pass on the joy of playing with blocks to a child you know. Our new Building Blocks Infographic is the perfect tool to help you decide which blocks are right for that special child on your list. Plus, we’ve included play tips for every age in our handy guide; [...]

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 [...]

Balloon-Themed Games for Language & Artic Practice

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Need a new way to practice basic language concepts? How about different places and manners of articulation? You can do BOTH by putting a new “spin” on the Press and Spin game Bye-Bye Balloon. Speech-language pathologist Kim Lewis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, offers some clever ways she uses this balloon-themed game for articulation and language practice. Read [...]