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.

Thanksgiving prep activity

While turkey is in oven, encourage kids to keep track by comparing time passed on oven timer to that on a clock; to reinforce time-telling

Games for outside

Toddlers love to play outside, so look for games that can be played outdoors. A kids-style croquet set is a fun, easy-to-learn game that you can play with your child.

Making bubbles at home

Make easy homemade bubbles, mix 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap and blow away.

Selecting toddler books

Select books that appeal to infants and toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between the picture and the page, rhythmic writing, and plots that are simple but engaging.

Let your toddler try to do it themselves.

Rein in your own impatience. That doesn’t mean abandoning him to it. Stand by, smiling, ready to be helpful in whatever way actually helps your toddler.

Do cultural things.

Each month visit an art gallery, museum, or educational exhibit.

Gardens for kids

Plant a children’s garden or start planting in pots. Put them in charge of weeding and watering. When their seedlings bloom their excitement will be something to behold.