Playground equipment for your yard

When getting outdoor play equipment, make sure your backyard is large enough. Watch out for obstacles, such as trees, utility poles, and wires.

Focusing on frugal activities for Valentine’s Day

Teach your children to enjoy Valentine’s Day by focusing on frugal activities instead of getting caught up in consumerism, like baking instead of buying, and focusing on free entertainment can make the day fun and unique.

Start by having fun

Think about something that you wish you could have done when you were a child. Start having fun with it and your child will watch and want to join in.

Keep activities simple

Remember when choosing activities for toddlers to keep it simple. Toddlers love activities such as playing with empty cereal or refrigerator or stove boxes to make play houses and castles.

Christmas colored playdoh

A reinforcing activity for Christmas colors can come by playing with red and green playdoh. Make it with Kool-Aid or add a few drops of peppermint extract and stimulate your toddler’s sense of smell.

When to play

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.

Fast-food play dates

A play date at a fast food restaurant may not be the healthiest choice, but it’s still a lot fun. Meet at one that has that has an indoor play area.

Bubble activity

A wonderful activity to do with toddlers is to blow bubbles. You can purchase bubble mix at any store or you can make your own.

attention to the tots

Paying enough attention to your child and making sure your toddler receives adequate stimulation during the time he or she is awake is also vitally important for avoiding bedtime showdowns.

Crayon Activity

Find broken crayons, put them in an oiled muffin tin, & place in warm oven to melt. Let cool & pop out for a brand new multicolored crayon.

Quiet activities before meals

A quiet activity or a rest before meals or snacks is a good idea as a tired or energized toddler may well not be interested in eating.

Limiting TV time

As much as you treasure the quiet that comes with a Disney DVD, try to limit your child’s TV time to no more than two hours a day.

Play-doh playdate fun

A Play-Doh playdate activity is perfect for children ages 2 and above. You can purchase play-doh of different colors and let their imaginations go wild.

Fun Activity: Marshmallow Tinkertoys:

Marshmallow Tinkertoys: A bag of marshmallows and some thin pretzel sticks are all you need to build the perfect puffy pal, a 3-D house, or tepee.

Choosing activities

Choosing age appropriate activities is much easier when the child who is coming over for a play date is around the same age of your child.

Taking toddlers to the park

There are few activities for toddlers more fun than going to the park. Toddlers have an innate need to run and climb.

Gardening with kids

Work on gardening with your kids, If you have a garden have them help you pick the plants, water the flowers, pick weeds. 

The benefits of sunscreen

Don’t skimp on sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people apply only about half as much sunscreen as they should.

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.