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.

Dollar store outside activity tip

Looking for an outside activity the kids will enjoy? Visit a dollar store and provide her a dollar or two and let her go throughout the whole buying procedure herself (with your help).

Collage activity tip

Old magazines are a wonderful source for collage and activity pictures. Nature and home-living magazines are the best for this.

Coloring on paper towels

Let kids them color paper towels with a marker. Paper towels have different, fun prints, and markers give a soft, watercolor look on the paper towels. They will get a kick making it look like a quilt.

Local outside activity

Looking for an outside activity the kids will enjoy? The local pet store has hamsters, dogs, fish… Take your time and stroll approximately let your tot decide what he wants to gaze at.

When kids interests in books begins

Between 4-6 most baby may begin to show more interest in books. He will grab & hold books, but will mouth, chew, and drop them as well.

Craft sand that’s edible

Take a box of Fruit Loops and sort by color. Put different colors into baggies and crush to powder. Then let them use them like colored sand.

Teaching kids to pick up after themselves

Picking up their toys is a great chore for young children. They can learn to perform this task as soon as they can walk. Teaching to clean after themselves is crucial to future success.

Bird feeder activity

Make a fun and easy bird feeder by stringing Cheerios on a piece of yarn and hanging it outside.

Easter tip

Nothing says Easter and spring like a basket brimming with colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies and jewel-toned jelly beans.

Make paper plate bunnies.

Easy Paper Bunnies: Take white paper plate and cut 2 ear shapes & staple/glue to the top of another white paper plate & draw a face on it. Glue cotton balls around the edges.

Clean up games

Although bribery is never a good option, turning cleanup into a game is a great option to try.

Read every day

Try to set aside time to read every day – perhaps before nap time and bedtime.

Explore with crayons

Toddlers love to explore and learn new things. You can read books to the child, color with crayons, do simple puzzles or play with learning toys.

New toddler use for post it notes

Use post it notes to play with your toddler. Write letters, numbers and draw pictures on them to stick to the wall. They are economical, safe and fun!

Use a simple reward system

Use a simple reward system. A colorful sticker after every successful brushing session is a great incentive.

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Creating silhouettes for Valentines Day

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.

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Boosting a toddler’s self-confidence

As your toddler explores, he becomes more aware of his own skills to investigate the world, building confidence and self-esteem.

The ugly truth about greeting cards

Every year, there are 2.65 billion holiday cards sold in the US. Look for cards that contain recycled content or recycled materials

Shapes and colors on Thanksgiving

Talk about the colors on the Thanksgiving table: Orange sweet potatoes, green peas and red cranberry sauce.