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playing with Sarah's Silks

Enchanting PlaySilks: Product Review for Sarah’s Silks

One of my favorite memories playing as a child was with a drawer filled with silk scarves that my mom had.  I loved the colors, the patterns, how they felt in my hands, the almost weightless quality.  And they could be
GiggleTime baby review

Adora Dolls: GiggleTime Baby review

Being a blogger definitely has it’s perks at times!  One of these perks is being contacted by companies to review their products.  So when Adora (a division of Paradise Galleries) contacted me to write a marketing piece on The Top 10
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Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls (yes, even boys!) – a collaborative post with Mama OT and Playing with Words 365

I’m very excited to share that I have a collaborative post up today over at Mama OT!  Christie (Mama OT) who is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, Katie (Playing with Words 365) who is a speech therapist, and I wrote about the
it's exhausting!

So Many Ways to Play with Play Dough

This is a real (not staged) photo I took of my daughter, Honor, over a year ago.  She actually did fall asleep in play dough while playing … don’t worry I was right there observing, making sure she could breathe before
PlayDrMom's favorite developmentally appropriate toys for children 2 to 5 years

Developmentally Appropriate Toys for children 2 – 5 years

This is SUCH a fun age to buy for.  Kids are finally mastering fine and gross motor skills … as well as the ability for imaginary play.  Here are some ideas for developmentally appropriate toys for children 2 – 5 years
PlayDrMom's favorite toys for children 1 to 2 years

Developmentally Appropriate Toys for children 1 to 2 years

One year olds are busy exploring their world, gaining fine and gross motor skills, and learning that they can control their environment (cause and effect. So, how about toys for that 1 to 2 year old?  Here are some of my
PlayDrMom's favorite toys for children 0-12 months

Developmentally Appropriate Toys for children 0-12 months

What are some MUST-HAVES for a baby-to-be or for that little zero to twelve-month old in your life?  Definitely think of safe toys that will stimulate the babies senses … because that is how he/she learns about the world.  Here are
PlayDrMom ... The GAMES we PLAY and WHY (part 3)

The GAMES we PLAY … and WHY (part 3)

Here’s some MORE of our favorite games (and their benefits of playing them).  As opposed to parts 1 and 2, these games are a bit more educational and therefore I’m less likely to use them in a play therapy session.  However,
Thanksgiving Ducks

Duck Toss

Have any of those fun rubber ducks laying around?  We have several sets … including Halloween and Thanksgiving ones.  And other than them being a cute table decoration and/or give away at a party, we invented a fun, easy game with
PlayDrMom shares some MORE of her favorite games.  The GAMES we PLAY and WHY, part 2!

The GAMES we play … and WHY (part 2)

Previously I posted a list of great “starter” games for kids  … Classic “Board” Games to Play with Three-Year-Olds … and WHY.  Here’s some more for when the other games are mastered!  I would recommend them for children 4 and older

Play Therapy Resources: Toys, Materials, & Organizations

Constructive Playthings 800-448-4115 Discovery Toys 800-341-8697 The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop 800-551-7523 Oriental Trading Company 800-228-2269 Rhode Island Novelty 800-528-5599 Self Esteem Shop 800-251-8336 Toys of the Trade 866-461-2929 Toys to Grow On

TOYS: tools of the trade

Here’s a list I complied from many play therapy resources of what toys to include in a play therapy room.  It’s also a great list for home play rooms too!