Summer Structure & Skills

This Summer Structure & Skills post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Although everyone breathes a big sigh of relief when the rigorous routine of school ends, we can’t forget about the importance of structure.  All children, especially those with special needs thrive in a structured […]

Sensory Benefits of Pool Play

These five sensory benefits of pool play are shared with us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures.   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 Pool Play? We all know […]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for […]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 7

Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! This week is packed with creative fun, indoor and outdoor play, family travel tips and more – all from your favorite bloggers! Enjoy arts & crafts and creative play. Play with your food, on National Ice Cream […]

4 Ideas for Getting Creative with Sidewalk Chalk

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

These core strength and handwriting skills tips for 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 […]

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 […]