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Helping Kids Decompress after School

This post for the Melissa & Doug blog comes from Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kids yelling on the playground,  their constant chatter in the cafeteria, papers being shuffled, teachers talking over kids’ chatter, the touch of the kid behind you in line bumping up against you, the leg of the kid next to you during […]

Tuck a Little Treat into Your Child’s Lunchbox

→ Welcome to part two of a special series from guest blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome. Let’s learn about sharing love with our little ones during school, with lunchbox notes and treats. As the school year progresses, I get daily requests for this or that “treat” to be included at lunchtime. I’m not above indulging […]

Kid Made Gifts for Grandparents

~ Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love. ~Author Unknown Grandparents fill a special role in a family. They help establish lifelong traditions, teach us important things about life, and demonstrate how to show love to others. In fact, it may be a grandparent’s loving hugs and laughter that […]

4 Best-Kept Secrets for Sneaking Learning into Playtime–Any Day of the Week

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Believe it. Four of the best-kept secrets for sneaking learning into playtime, any day of the week, huh? You bet. Whether you have 5 minutes before nap time or a long, unscheduled morning […]

Career Day for Kids: Exploring Occupations through Play

Career Day for Kids: 10 great ways to explore occupations! “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s a question all children seem to hear. Think about all of the exciting adult careers you wanted to have, as a child! You may have even followed your childhood dreams and be working in […]

Fine Motor Development: Birth to 3 Years

This information about fine motor development is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. I remember like it was yesterday when my kids took their first steps. I also remember the first time I walked in to get them out of their cribs and realized they had learned to roll […]

Map and Alphabet Printables for Kids!

Whether school has started for your family or it’s still a way off, these free school time printables are a great way to review the basics or learn something new – while keeping things entertaining! Animal Alphabet Printable The playful illustrations and vibrant colors of this alphabet printable will quickly catch the eye of young […]

Rekindling Back to School Friendships

Check out these cool friendship bracelet crafts and video from guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from My kids are still at the age where they love school. They aren’t fans of waking up early or doing homework when they could be playing outside but they still enjoy going back to school. Although we love our summer holidays I know […]

Back to School Giveaway: Five Final Days!

Here we are, only two weeks away from Labor Day, yet it seems impossible that summer vacations are coming to a close. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be glad! Five of those reasons are the next five days – and the next five prizes – of our 2015 Back to School Giveaway. Whether […]