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Who Knows Toys Better Than Kids?

Nobody, that’s who! While the winners of the recent Toy Makers II Design Competition may not see their entries on toy store shelves anytime soon, the real reward is in the design of the toys itself. The competition challenged children from 6-8 and 9-12 to design their very own toy. Contestants had to use problem-solving […]

Teaching Tots to Pick Up

Watching the joy on your toddler’s face as they play with their toys is priceless. However, not so priceless is the mess they often leave when they’re done. While it is important to be patient with them, it is equally important to teach them from a young age to clean up after themselves. To help […]

How to Make an Indoor Obstacle Course

This Indoor Obstacle Course activity is provided by special guest blogger Roo Ciambriello. Spring is here, but the weather seems to have missed the memo.  While my local stores are displaying racks of swimsuits and sandals, I’m still wearing my winter coat. BRRRRRRRRR. And more than my shivering, I have to come up with things for […]

Encourage Healthy Eating with a “Kid’s Restaurant”!

These healthy eating play activities are shared by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. What better way for your child to learn about healthy eating than to play with it! By creating your very own Kid’s Restaurant, your child will learn to not only identify several different food items, but will learn that making good choices about the food […]

Building Key Developmental Skills for Kids…with Easter Projects!

Written by our guest writer, and special needs consultant, Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Hippity Hop Hop… Easter’s almost here! And, believe it or not, there are endless ways to reinforce some important developmental skills for kids with special needs in preparation for the holiday. In fact, children of all ages and abilities can enjoy getting ready […]

How to Honor Your Child’s Artwork

Parents: You’ve come to anticipate the flood of artwork your children tote home in their backpacks each day, not to mention the masterpieces they create at home. But the fact is, you just can’t save it all. So how do you go about displaying, and honoring, your child’s artwork? Try these simple, creative solutions for sorting […]

Simple Ways to Learn with Stickers

What Can You Learn with Stickers? From Guest Blogger Kim Vij of  The Educators’ Spin On It Stickers are a universal item that almost all children enjoy and can be used in so many ways. They can be used as a special treat inside a plastic container or party bag, a travel activity, a doctor’s […]

Download Our Free Springtime Fun Mini Mag!

Ready for spring to arrive? So are we! So, we gathered some great springtime fun activities with our friends from Highlights to help you–and your child—start to enjoy this “sometimes-rainy, sometimes-sunny” season! This free Mini Mag printable is available here. By downloading the free Mini Mag, you’ll get: Six original puzzles, crafts, and activities to celebrate spring […]

3 Simple Tips to Develop Your Child’s Oral Motor Skills

Practicing oral motor skills might sound like “work,” but you can easily do it during everyday activities you already do with your child. Here are 3 simple tips to practice oral motor skills during meal time and play time: Drinking through a straw: Have your child use a straw when drinking to strengthen oral motor muscles. Make […]