Finger painting activity

Finger painting with edible materials is super fun for a toddler. Peanut butter, pudding, yogurt and colored applesauce (like blueberry or strawberry) can be used.

Learn by making mistakes

Recite rhymes, sing songs, and make mistakes! Once your toddler is familiar with the rhyme or pattern, make mistakes on purpose and get caught

Every day is one big play date

Every day is one big play date: Young children are like sponges. Play is learning and learning is play in the first few years of their lives.

Party activities

A sure fire party tip is to plan plenty of activities to keep them busy. One sure hit was a wacky relay – Teams compete in relays including dress up clothing and hats

Cooking as family time

Cooking is both fun and educational and even children as young as two can get involved.

Limiting distractions for kids

Limit TV, video game & computer time. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity

Toddler attention span tip

Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book. They may be moving, but they are listening.

When tots can ride a bike

By 12 months parents can start checking with the child’s physician to see if they have the neck development to safely go for a bike ride. 

Nature walks are educational and fun

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

The best time to play with baby

The best time to play with your baby is when he’s alert and relaxed. Watch your baby closely for signs of being tired or fussy so that you can take a break.

Everyday materials for crafts

You can reuse materials such as egg cartons, yarn scraps, toilet paper tubes, and boxes for many activities.

When todders begin drawing and coloring

By 18 months, it is age appropriate for your child to try scribbling with a crayon.

Making for safe swing sets

Backyard swing sets and play areas are wonderful, but make sure they are safe by having a soft surface underneath.

Get the whole family active

Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside.

Scissors for crafts

For crafts, in addition to adult scissors for you, purchase a pair of safety scissors for your child.

Jewelery craft tip

Make macaroni necklaces, bracelets, anklets by putting straight macaroni in a jar, drop in a few drops of food coloring and shake gently until you get the desired color.

Making colored dough

Food coloring is handy for coloring homemade dough and various other craft materials, but note- it does stain.

Top 10 tips for bringing up a very active toddler

Top 10 tips for surviving and bringing up an incredibly active toddler, including gems like employing pets and avoiding sweets. http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-ten-tips-for-bringing-up-a-very-active-toddler

Toddlers and television

Try not to park the toddler in front of the television set. Many doctors recommend that children under the age of 2 watch no television at all.

Mixing play time with shopping

Stick an ice chest in the car trunk so you can head to the grocery store and not worry about frozen food melting. A toddler slows down everything, and an ice chest lets us not worry about rushing.