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    Activities for Toddlers
    Puddle Jumping
    Puddle JumpingTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Puddles after a rainy day or a lawn watering Directions Being told that it is OK to jump in puddles will bring squeals of delight. Go out together dressed in rain gear and stomp in the puddles. Exten...
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    Fruity Treat
    Fruity TreatTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Fruit juiceSmall paper cups Popsicle sticks Directions You can make and share a gift that is both tasty and healthy by pouring fruit juice into paper cups and inserting wooden sticks before freezing. Onc...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Punchinello
    Punchinello Activity for a group of children Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Try this "Monkey see, monkey do" activity the next time you have a bunch of young, restless children to entertain. Have children form a circle....
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Balloon Magic
    Balloon MagicTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Balloons Directions Your young child is learning about gravity from trial and error. This activity challenges those emerging concepts with unexpected variations. Blow up a few balloons and tie them off....
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Apple Candlesticks
    Apple CandlesticksTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials Paring knifePlastic wrapPotato peelerLemon juice2 Rome Beauty apples2 candles Directions You will probably want an extra apple to cut up and eat as you make these attractive table decorations. Cor...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Monkey Jumping
    Monkey JumpingJumping helps toddlers learn a great deal about what their bodies can and cannot do.Time 10 to 15 minutes Materials Large piece of foam or old mattress Directions Toddlers love to jump, an activity that helps them learn a great dea...
  • Use balloons to play indoor baseball
    Activities for Toddlers
    Indoor Baseball
    Indoor BaseballGames such as this help your toddler develop eye-body coordination and are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor play. Materials Empty gift-wrap roll Balloon Directions Play baseball with an inflated balloon and an empty gift-wrap...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Fun with Flowers
    Fun with FlowersTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Flower from a garden Directions Go outdoors with your toddler and select a single beautiful flower to take together to a friend or family member as a happy surprise. Extensions Pick a flower and g...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Tabletop Water-Play
    Tabletop Water-PlayTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials Large and small plastic bowlLarge plastic cooking spoonWater Directions The motion and properties of water are mysteries to toddlers, and exploring them can provide great entertainment. Sit with ...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Dirt and Mud Play
    Dirt and Mud PlayTime 15 to 30 minutes Materials Patch of dirtSpoon or small trowelWaterSmall stick Directions Strip your toddler down to a diaper or put on a swimsuit, and work together in the shade by playing with mud.Once you locate a small p...
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    How to Make a Christmas Ornament Sun Catcher
    I made a version of these sun catchers with my boys as little hostess gifts for Thanksgiving. The boys loved sticking the tissue paper to the contact sheet, and they were super-proud to give a present that they made "all by themselves." For this ...
    Laurie Mega
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Self-Care Activities
    Brush My Hair
    Brush My HairTime 5 minutes Materials Hairbrush Directions Show your toddler how to brush your hair and express your enjoyment and appreciation with these early attempts to give you pleasure. Extensions Pull out a hand mirror and say, "See how ...
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    Activities for Toddlers
    Paper Play
    Paper PlayTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Box filled with as many kinds of paper as you can find, such as magazine pages, wax paper, telephone books, tissue paper, junk mail, catalogues, wrapping paper Directions This activity will delight and ex...
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    Playing Dress-Up
    More and More Hats
    More and More HatsTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Half a dozen or more hats Directions Sit on the floor with a basketful of hats and put them on your head, one at a time.Pass one to your baby to put on and keep taking turns with the different hats...
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    4 Easy Homemade Musical Instruments for National Music Week
    National Music Week is the first full week in May. It's a great opportunity to introduce your kids to the art of making music. To start, here are four homemade musical instruments you can make with your child. If you have four kids, you can make ...
    Rebecca Desfosse
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    Playing Dress-Up
    Animal Dress-Up
    Animal Dress-UpTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials Some of your toddler's clothesLarge stuffed animals Directions To give dolls and stuffed animals a new look, dress them up in your toddler's clothes.Talk about how nice they look, and thank your todd...