Why hearing “Mom, I’m bored!” is a GOOD thing

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Have you ever heard your kids say the words “Mom, I’m bored”?  Well, if you have, you should pat yourself on the back and breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done. It seems like in our [...]

Planning a DIY Birthday Party

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This Planning a DIY Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Throwing any birthday party, whether a simple special dinner and cake or renting a couple hours at a play spot, involves some thoughtful planning and preparation. If you’re looking to reduce costs or showcase your [...]

DIY Cruise Ship Portholes

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This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. For many families March brings a desire to getaway, perhaps a tropical vacation. I may not be heading on a family cruise, like EverythingMom Michelle’s Disney Dream inaugural launch, but I can try to recreate Disney’s interactive portholes with this personal porthole [...]

Boredom Buster: Sticky Sand Sensory Play!

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This Sticky Sand Sensory Experience is from guest blogger Melissa of Fireflies and Mud Pies. When grey winter weather has my boys feeling cooped up and cranky, sensory bin experiences often save the day. Our Sticky Sand Sensory Bin provides hours of relaxing pleasure for my children as they dig, build roads, and “cook.” Best of all, [...]

Playtime Tips for Building Self Awareness

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “Where am I in space?”  “What is my body doing right now?”  Those are probably not questions that you ask yourself very often. It is very important, however, that all of us have an awareness of where our [...]

Stacy Shares: Cool Tips for Summer Days

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Is summer in full effect at your house yet? The later mornings, the ease of a more relaxed schedule, the all-too familiar sound of the most two repeated phrases during summertime – “I’m Bored!” and/or “I’m Hungry“. My post today will help you nip both those phrases in the bud, teach some simple kitchen lessons, [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: 5 Kid-Made Gift Tags that Say More than just “To” and “From”

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Any holiday gift feels a little more special when topped with a hand-made card from loved ones! Add a thoughtful touch to presents and help kids get caught up in the spirit of giving with creative gift tags that are one of a kind. Here are five ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 1) [...]

Stacy Shares: Developing A Unique Style

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This activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. “How influential are you in helping your child develop a unique personal style?”   – Stacy Even at a very young age, my children responded to certain types of clothing more than others. My oldest son (6) is very [...]

Play the Olympic Torch Game!

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 8 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Amy Mascott. (Click here for a printable version.) Get your children moving and grooving and into the Olympic spirit with the Olympic Torch Game! Children will skip, jump, and speed-walk through a [...]