Coloring on the floor

Have children color on a large paper on the floor on their hands and knees to strengthen hips and shoulders.

A child’s routine

During holidays, travel and guests can be expected to disrupt a child’s routine and make them more irritable.

Book Suggestion: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories has always been one of my favorites reading to my kids. Gertrude McFuzz is a great story as well.

Water fun

Fill a small tub with water and give toddler containers. Let her pour water from one container to the other. Add bubbles for extra fun.

Working the mind in youngsters

Puzzles and shape sorters are great for toddlers 18+ months old.

Introduction of soft foods

Introduce very soft food in small amount on tip of spoon before seven months, to accustom infant to its feel.

Learning numbers and letters

Purchase alphabet letters and numbers for your fridge. Expose your child to letters as often as possible.

Choosing paint in a bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom choose a paint that can be easily cleaned with soap and water to reduce re-painting.

Thank you notes are a must

Thank you notes are important social skill builders. Children can enjoy writing thank you cards when they are fun colors and themes.

Book Suggestion: Time for Bed

Time for Bed is a great way to lull your little one to sleep.

Choose engaging books

Picture books with flaps or different textures to touch keep hands busy.

Off-season clearance

Shop for off-season, clearance items. When it is 97 degrees outside it is hard to think about shopping for long-sleeve shirts and coats.

Sleep sacks for babies

Sleep sacks have been popular with European parents for a long time because they minimize the risk of baby suffocating.

Halloween and good manners

Halloween is a good opportunity to teach good manners. Always be polite and say trick or treat. Then make sure you say thank you after you receive the treat.

Watch toddler tripping on Halloween night

Tots tend to trip & fall under the best of conditions, take extra precautions on Halloween night.

Costume safety

Look for flame-resistant labels when buying costumes, masks, beards, and wigs.

Book Suggestion: Philadelphia Chickens

Sandra Boynton, long heralded for her menagerie of animal characters (Moo, Baa, La La La; Rhinoceros Tap), puts a fresh cast of singing, dancing critters center stage-from the titular boogying chickens to a tail-wagging “snuggle puppy”-in Philadelphia Chickens, a book-and-CD package billed as an “imaginary musical revue in Philadelphia Chickens

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Jack-o-lanterns and kid costumes

If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch don’t use candles, use a batter operated alternative.

Decorating a toddler’s bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom use paint instead of wallpaper because it would be easy for a toddler to rip down.

No is the word

When a toddlers favorite word is “NO” it is important for parents not to fall into a pattern of negative behavior with yelling, spanking, and threatening of their own.