Use a simple reward system. A colorful sticker after every successful brushing session is a great incentive.
Silhouettes are a very personal thing as no two are identical, so toddlers will love creating this unique card for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
As your toddler explores, he becomes more aware of his own skills to investigate the world, building confidence and self-esteem.
Every year, there are 2.65 billion holiday cards sold in the US. Look for cards that contain recycled content or recycled materials
Talk about the colors on the Thanksgiving table: Orange sweet potatoes, green peas and red cranberry sauce.
While turkey is in oven, encourage kids to keep track by comparing time passed on oven timer to that on a clock; to reinforce time-telling
Toddlers love to play outside, so look for games that can be played outdoors. A kids-style croquet set is a fun, easy-to-learn game that you can play with your child.
Make easy homemade bubbles, mix 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap and blow away.
Select books that appeal to infants and toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between the picture and the page, rhythmic writing, and plots that are simple but engaging.
Rein in your own impatience. That doesn’t mean abandoning him to it. Stand by, smiling, ready to be helpful in whatever way actually helps your toddler.
Each month visit an art gallery, museum, or educational exhibit.
Plant a children’s garden or start planting in pots. Put them in charge of weeding and watering. When their seedlings bloom their excitement will be something to behold.
Place only a few toys out on the floor – it is best to limit the amount of toys that you let your toddler play with, make sure to keep other toys out of sight and out of reach to prevent your toddler from pulling them down and throwing them every place.
Giving your child a few toys to play with at a time, gets your toddler used to the concept of neatness, and when it is time to put the toys away, your toddler might be able to do it because of the small amount of toys.
Do fun things together as a family, such as playing games, reading, and going to events in your community.
Spread your activities and events over several days and weeks. Toddlers learn best in small amounts and through repetition.
Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving. The list can be made up ahead of time and adjusted for the scenery.
Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.
Teach your children to enjoy Valentine’s Day by focusing on frugal activities instead of getting caught up in consumerism.
Activities such as baking instead of buying, and focusing on free entertainment can make the day fun and unique.
Focus on play and process, not productivity. When kids do art to solicit positive comments from adults, sometimes they can’t wait to finish another picture.
Take a blindfolded taste test with you kids and sample some favorite foods. Then the table turn and mom and dad to take the test.
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