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 […]

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, […]

Quick Tips: Letting Your Kids Help in the Kitchen

Please welcome Grace Patton, our newest Guest Blogger, to the Playtime Press! Today, Grace is sharing her five tips on how to let your kids help in the kitchen. I’ve recently noticed that as soon as my husband or I offer to let one of our older kids (ages 3 and 2) “help” us do […]

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 […]

Take a “Time-In”: Teaching Your Child to Self-Regulate

These ways to help kids self-regulate are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Go to time out.” Those are words that probably most of us parents have said at least once in our time as parents. I want to tell you about an alternative to time out that I […]

There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By […]

Building Blocks: A Level-By-Level Infographic

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; […]

Developing Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills: Ages 1–6

Whether you need help encouraging Baby to walk or are just looking for exciting ways to teach your child to hop, balance, and throw with ease, we’ve got you covered with gross motor games and activities for ages 1–6 years. Gross motor activities engage the LARGE MUSCLES in the body — the arms, legs, and […]

Professional Development Day – Activities for Kids!

Your kids may soon have a day off from school so their teachers can participate in a Professional Development Day, but do not assume this day need only be for the teachers‘ professional development! Take the day to learn about different professions with your child. It’s a great opportunity for him to see and appreciate […]