Setting Goals with Kids – Making Achievement Visible!

These creative tips for setting goals with kids come from Guest blogger Julie of HappyStrongHome! From birth, we cheer when our kids reach milestones like walking and talking. As they grow, we move on to milestones that are self-directed (or parent directed). Teaching kids to set goals and achieve them can be a delicate balancing […]

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 […]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

These play-based fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger,  pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle […]

2 Scissor Skills Printables for Kids

Often, a good pair of scissors and some paper are all you need for creative work to begin! Grab some child-safe scissors and print out these two Scissor Skills printables! Your kids will love having an excuse to make tiny scraps of paper appear everywhere, and you’ll enjoy watching them practice their fine motor skills! (Scissor crafts […]

“Make-Your-Own-Memory” – Free Printable!

How do you practice memorization skills with your child? As your child gets older, their memory will be a fundamental part of how they achieve success in school: They will start to recognize patterns, remember key facts, and start to problem-solve. A memory game is the perfect way to practice these skills in a fun, […]

Sneaking Therapy into Your Playtime

Integrating therapy practice into your everyday home activities is a great way to keep your child motivated and on task. Simply following the lead and interests of your child can open up exciting possibilities for reaching countless therapy goals. Pretending to grocery shop is one way that Anchel Krishna and her husband Dilip work on […]

4 Oven-Free Holiday Cookie Projects (and Printable!)

For many of us, the holiday season is a wonderful time to whip up your favorite family recipes and sweet treats. Many children love to join in the fun by either helping with specific activities (like measuring or mixing), or emulating you with their own play food. If you’re looking for a “less mess” activity […]

6 Wondrous Winter Activities for Kids

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. “It’s the most wonderful time…” can be said of just about any season. But winter can be a time when kids are stuck indoors more often, and get the “doldrums.” So whip out a few activities to bring a little more […]

Get Ready to Write with Easel Art!

How is your child getting ready to write?  To develop the strength and precision needed for writing, the best hand position is one with the wrist bent slightly back, allowing the fingers the greatest control and power. Wondering how to maneuver your wiggly preschooler’s hand into the “right” position? There’s one simple answer: Bring out […]