Thanksgiving activity

Make a card for each family member that will be your guest for Thanksgiving this year. On each card, tell that person what you love most about them, and why you are thankful for them.

Eating out with your toddler

Carry a small plastic drop cloth for under baby’s chair, especially if you know that your dining destination has nice rugs, then shake outside.

Setting up coloring for kids

Hang the paper on the wall and below place pillows or cushions. The soft surface will help the children with their balance.

Coloring on the floor

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

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.

“Narrating” a child’s activity

‘Narrate’ your child’s activities so that they will know that they have your focused attention. This will support them in language and thinking development.

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.