Your Turn to Share: Self-Regulation Skills

Here’s a simple way to help kids with taking turns and sharing, from our Blog Ambassador Carrie Anne of EverythingMom. When your child finds a toy she loves to use it can be hard to give it up and share, especially when there’s only one version of it available. This can often lead to us as parents stepping […]

Simple Ideas for Outdoor Toddler Play

These simple ideas for outdoor toddler play are shared by our guest blogger Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures. The weather is getting nice and of course, that means that we all want to get outside and play with our toddlers. Melissa & Doug makes getting outside super easy and fun with their active play and outdoor gear! If your […]

Bubble Painting

This creative bubble painting post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. The sun has returned, the flowers are blooming, and that calls for some outdoor fun! The kids AND our dog, Belle, are ecstatic to be able to spend the majority of their time outside again. Around our […]

Blowing Bubbles as a Skill Builder

These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When I picked my daughter up from preschool the other day, her teacher said something that perked my ears and got me thinking. I heard her teacher telling another mom that she had the kids outside blowing bubbles. What […]

Bonding over bubbles

  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more […]

4 Summer Memory-Making Activities for Kids… Indoors or Out!

You can feel it everywhere… summer is in the air. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these creative summer memory-making activities are great for the whole family – or for the whole neighborhood!   4 Summer Memory-Making Activities:    1) Hop to It! Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are […]

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Getting Kids Outside

Our blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) is not afraid to admit that she doesn’t LOVE spending time outdoors. So, to make sure everyone in the family has plenty of outdoor time this season, she resolved to spend 15 minutes outside with her kids every day. And we have been excited to follow along as she shares this journey […]