Go for a rainy day walk

Jump into puddles. Find out what mud feels like between bare toes. Let your toddler frolic around and get wet before you head indoors.

Summer reading activities

Check out summer programs at your local public library. Many feature special story times, sing-alongs, and puppet shows during the summer.

Book Suggestion: Doggies

Doggies is another of the Boynton books that is short enough to hold even the littlest guy’s attention, and begs for interaction.

Even children who are not yet speaking may find themselves howling at the moon with the doggies.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Toddler table for 1

Create a toddler-friendly eating area for your child. Toddlers like their own spaces and may eat more at a table sized just for them.

Sunscreen and the outdoors

Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors. This gives the skin a chance to absorb the lotion.

Run your toddler ragged before flying

When traveling on a plane, wear your toddler out beforehand. Allow time for releasing energy before your flight’s departure

Treat your child with respect.

When your child is trying to express emotions, take the time to try to understand.

Rainy day activity tip

Raining outside? Pretend to go camping. Build a tent in your living room out of blankets and chairs.

Bubbles and toddlers

Toddlers just love bubbles. Give adults different bubble wands and wave. Toddlers will cramble after the bubbles.

Book Suggestion: Baby Animals Black and White

Baby Animals Black and White is a fun board book for the youngest set.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Explaining food allergies

A food allergy is a reaction of the body’s immune system to something in a food or an ingredient in a food – usually a protein.

Toddler safe car seats

Keeping toddlers safe in the car means always placing them in a properly installed child car seat. Use a five-point harness as long as possible.

Easy access when potty training

Time between acknowledging a need to go and getting to toilet needs to be quick, dress toddler in easy to unbutton clothes.

Preparing snacks for traveling

Pack 3-4 healthy snacks in Ziploc bags. Pretzels, raisins and other dried fruit, crackers or cereal and granola bars work well.

Fun and healthy snacks

Kids think that immersing foods in tasty dip is pure fun. Possibilities include cottage cheese, guacamole and peanut butter.

teaching colors to colorblind kids

Teaching colors may be somewhat more difficult if your toddler is color-blind. 1 in 12 males, and 1 in 1000 females are.

Book Suggestion: Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb is a madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers. 

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games


Teachers and special circumstances

Tell the teacher if you think your child needs special help and about any special family situation that might affect child’s ability to learn.

Is your toddler a picky eater?

Even if your toddler is a picky eater, if he is growing normally and is physically active, with a lot of energy, then his diet is probably okay.

Avoiding tantrums

We’ve all heard of “The Terrible Twos” but in many children tantrums begin far before the first birthday, sometimes as early as nine months.