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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    The Unseen World of the Preschooler's Mind
    The Unseen World of the Preschooler's Mind As a toddler, what your child learned and thought was often right out there in the open. In the preschool years, nearly all of this takes place, literally, all in his head. Your child will think, create...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Early Learning
    Playing with Your Toddler: Rules of the Game
    Playing with Your Toddler: Rules of the Game During your child's second year, you will remain his favorite plaything. He will enjoy jumping on you, climbing all over you, and having you toss him up in the air (please catch him, too). He will lov...
  • Activities for Toddlers
    12 Toddler Playtime Activities Using Common Household Items
    Looking for some easy imagination playtime activities for your busybody toddler or preschooler? Just check your cabinets, toy box, or recycling bin for some new "toys" and supplies for playtime. All of these activities use basic household items t...
    Erin Dower
  • Drawing and Painting Printables
    Draw the Future: Crystal Ball Worksheet
    Print out a crystal ball and draw your own vision of the future. ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    Wise Animals
    Wise Animals Required: Your time only Have you ever looked at a cat and just known that it was thinking: "A meow in time saves nine?" Ask your child about the words of wisdom that would roll off the tongues of your pets (or animals in your neigh...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Writing Activities
    When I Grow Up
    When I Grow Up Required: Your time only What if your child could gaze into a crystal ball and tell you what other children in the family, the neighborhood, or at school are going to be doing in 15 years? True, a crystal ball is hard to come by t...
  • Pile of Colored Craft Sticks
    Crafts for Kids
    5 Ways to Use Craft Sticks for Play
      We are always looking for cheap ways to play, and a bag of craft sticks definitely fits that inexpensive bill. Craft sticks are popsicle sticks that come in several different sizes and colors, and don't require sticky mess clean-up before us...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Toy Tales
    Toy Tales Required: Your time only Do you know what your child's toys are up to when you're not around? There's one way to find out… ask your child to divulge their secret lives! Ask your child to tell you what a favorite stuffed animal, for e...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Spinners
    Spinners Required: Paper plate, thin cardboard, brad, scissors, markers Some things are best left to fate… and other things are best left to fortune-tellers. Here's an easy way for your child to make a fortune-telling device that's guaranteed ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Presidential Mixer Party Game
    Presidential Mixer Party Game Required: Reference materials Costumes for guests Have you met anyone interesting at a party recently? Well, this is your chance to mix with some of the most prestigious party guests of all—U.S. presidents, past a...
  • Drawing and Painting Printables
    Draw the Future: Crystal Ball Worksheet
    Print out a crystal ball and draw your own vision of the future. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Pop Goes the Quiz
    Pop Goes the Quiz Required: Pen and paper Does your child aspire to be a teacher? If so, he or she will undoubtedly enjoy practicing one of the most important skills of the trade—administering pop quizzes! First, your child reviews a topic he ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Perfectly Silly
    Perfectly Silly Required: Your time only If every day were perfect, what could possibly go wrong? Challenge your child to figure it out! Ask your child to describe a perfect day. Maybe the sun would shine from early morning until bedtime, every ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Mouse-Eye View
    Mouse-Eye View Required: Your time only Yikes! You've been transformed into a mouse. But that's okay. Now you can see the world from a mouse-eye view. Tell your child to imagine what life would be like as a mouse. Then, in character as a mouse, ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    The Importance of Toys
    Purchased games and toys have little relevance to healthy child development. Play, however, figures prominently in healthy child development. ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Marvelous Menus
    Marvelous Menus Required:> Drawing supplies Food pyramid diagram We have some good news—your child has just been hired as a chef at a world-famous restaurant. Now the bad news—the patrons are tired of the outdated menu and are demanding that...