Toddler activity: Potato Stamps

Make stamp art. Cut a few potatoes in half. Carve a design on the end of each potato. Use the potatoes as stamps. Dip them in finger paints and stamp on paper.

Avoid play group meltdowns

Avoid play group meltdowns by keeping the visits short; no more than two hours at once.From: ToddlersToday.com

Toddler bath hazard

Never leave your toddler in the bathtub alone, even for a short time. Toddlers can drown in as little as two inches of water. From: ParentingToddlers.com

Toddler aggressive behavior

Toddlers often resort to aggressive behavior when they feel insecure. He may hit out at other children because he’s angry and wants to get your attention. Pick him up and cuddle him when visitors arrive or reassure him by sitting near him and making lots of physical contact.

Tired toddlers are not patient

Tired toddlers are not patient and this can make for a very frustrating shopping experience. Be sure that you are not planning your grocery shopping during your toddler’s normal naptime. It is best to go after your toddler has had a nap and had a chance to wake up for a few minutes.From: Suite101.com

Growth slows in year 2

Growth slows down in the second year. This means toddlers often have small appetites and need less food. The amount eaten from day-to-day can change dramatically. Although this sometimes worries parents, this change is normal and doesn’t mean your child is being difficult or is unwell. From: Better Health Channel

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt.

Rainy day activity

The local library can be a great place on rainy days, some even have special play areas for kids.

Toddler Games

Toddlers are easily entertained, so it is easy to make a game out of practically anything. In fact, sometimes the best games that you can play with your child require no equipment at all. Simple songs and finger plays like “Where is Thumbkin” will delight most toddlers.From: How to Do things.com

Timetable for moving from diapers to toilet training

The average time at which infants change from diapers to toilet training is between 18 and 24 months.From: Epigee Women’s Health

Building spacial ability

Infants and toddlers build concepts based on their sense and motor explorations. For example, they learn the difference between wet and dry, soft and hard, rough and smooth, cold and hot, movable and stationary. From: Early Childhood Resource Institute

Improving hand-eye coordination

Toys that involve fitting things together (like stackable bowls) help hand-eye coordination. From: essortment.com

Limiting play sessions

Most toddlers, particularly those under two, can’t manage lengthy play sessions. While your toddler’s still getting the hang of it, set a time limit of an hour or an hour and a half.

Rainy day activity

Zoos can be fun on rainy days. Most zoos have enough indoor exhibits to have a great day seeing and learning about animals while staying dry.

Planned outings and attention spans

Too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler. A trip that lasts under an hour, including travel time, works best.

Flying with toddlers

Toddlers should always fly in their own seat equipped with a travel seat.

Some airlines allow children under two to fly for free on the lap of an adult, but this is not the safest option and escalates the challenge of flying with a toddler.

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Teach discipline early in life

There are many good reasons to begin teaching discipline early in life.

If children do not grow up with definite guidelines of what is right or wrong, they will have no respect for rules or authority. The key to toddler discipline is patience, understanding, and consistency.

With these qualities, you can teach your toddler how to behave in social situations.

Enjoy the earth

Kids have to love the world to want to protect it. So take nature walks and look at the trees, flowers and sky. When you’re away on vacation, don’t forget to enjoy the local natural environment, not just the tourist sites.

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Kids can be green too

There are dozens of small things your kids can do every day to save energy and keep the world cleaner and greener. Your kids can… walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car. Take faster showers or baths in just a small amount of water.

Help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer.

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toddlers and painting

A toddler finds it easier to paint on an easel rather than a flat surface.

If you can’t afford to buy an easel, make one by cutting out one side of a cardboard box and tape the other three sides together. Set it on the tabletop and set your toddler free.

From: suite101.com.

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