Building Thanksgiving Confidence

Ask your child to help you set the Thanksgiving table, showing you value his help. This will help to build his confidence and self-esteem.

Thanksgiving Craft

A popular craft that offers Thanksgiving fun for toddlers is the stenciled hand turkey! Simply trace his or hand on a piece of white or colored paper, and allow your child to color it. You can make a mobile, with dangling turkeys that each have an “I’m thankful for…” message.
From: Babyminestore.com

Cooking with your Toddler

When preparing for Thanksgiving allow your child to help measure, mash, bake and cook some of the dinner dishes with you. This will help your child develop math and manipulating skills, as well as the knowledge of temperatures.

Sharing Tip

Remember the rule of three: your child can only really hold one thing in each hand; so will be more willing to share the third with others.

Toddler Party Tip

When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.

Nature Walks

Go for a nature walk – Educational yet lots of fun. Your toddler will love exploring and collecting different treasures to bring home.
From: Mommyscape.com

Reading together is better comprehension

Encourage your children to join in while you read. Pause to let them fill in a rhyming word or repeating line: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”
From: RIF.org

Toddler game idea

Have fun today, play a “color game” by asking your child to find something in the room that is a certain color.
From: How to Do things.com

Fun (free) activity

Visit your local pet store. Most have impressive collections of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles & hamsters to delight the little ones.

Toddler Fun Activity

For a fun activity, make a plate of bubbles. Take a small plate, plastic drinking straw, dish washing liquid and tap water. Two drops dish soap is all you need.
From: Mommyscape.com

Age appropriate playgroup activities

Playgroup activities should be something that will involve all the children and should be kept age-appropriate.
From: ToddlersToday.com

Sunscreen safety for toddlers

Start applying sunscreen BEFORE you even leave the house. This is extremely important as toddler skin is very sensitive and burns easily. Taking the time to apply sunscreen beforehand ensures that you can get their whole body covered and not miss any spots.

Toddler activity: Potato Stamps

Make stamp art. Cut a few potatoes in half. Carve a design on the end of each potato. Use the potatoes as stamps. Dip them in finger paints and stamp on paper.

Avoid play group meltdowns

Avoid play group meltdowns by keeping the visits short; no more than two hours at once.From: ToddlersToday.com

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt.

Rainy day activity

The local library can be a great place on rainy days, some even have special play areas for kids.

Toddler Games

Toddlers are easily entertained, so it is easy to make a game out of practically anything. In fact, sometimes the best games that you can play with your child require no equipment at all. Simple songs and finger plays like “Where is Thumbkin” will delight most toddlers.From: How to Do things.com

Rainy day activity

Zoos can be fun on rainy days. Most zoos have enough indoor exhibits to have a great day seeing and learning about animals while staying dry.

Planned outings and attention spans

Too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler. A trip that lasts under an hour, including travel time, works best.

Making Easter eggs tip

When making Easter eggs, rubber bands around the eggs make nice stripes. On plain eggs for a white & colored egg; or dye once, rubber band, and then dye again for the stripes.

From: parenthacks.com Opens in new window

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