popular topics in toddler growth and development

  • Young boy playing with building blocks
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am An Engineer
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am An EngineerEngineering may sound like a big word for early learning, but the planning, constructing, reconstructing, dismantling, and testing of how shapes and objects fit together or work together is something young chil...
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    Kindergarten
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am A Scientist
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am A Scientist Young children have a natural curiosity about their world— in many ways you could say they're natural scientists. Scientific exploration can provide amazing opportunities for developing skills in asking ques...
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Preschool boy holding red pencil
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Name Writing
    Kindergarten Prep: Name WritingThe step following mark-making is letter writing, creating symbols that are recognizable to you and to your child. Young children often make the most progress writing the letters in their name before writing any ot...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet There is every real possibility that your child's kindergarten classroom will have a set of rules posted on the wall. In every community there must be rules, which provide some sense of order and boundar...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation Anxiety
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation AnxietyUp to this point in her life, your child has pretty much been exclusively in your company. That is to say, except for visits to relatives, she's always been around you and she knows you're there to take care ...
  • Child Playing with Homemade Clay
    Clay
    Homemade Clay Recipes
    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
    Curious World
  • Two boys cleaning up toys in gym class
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time In the kindergarten classroom, your child will be expected to do her share of taking care of the classroom environment. This can include anything from picking up blocks after play to throwing away trash after sn...
  • Young girl on floor painting picture
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing Tools
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing ToolsIn learning to write, your child first needs time to explore a variety of writing tools. Over time you will introduce how to hold writing tools properly and your child will begin to perfect her skills in using tho...
  • Smilling little girl holding scissors and a paper square
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with Scissors
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with ScissorsIt is most likely that you will find scissors on the "back-to-school" shopping list. You will want to select a good pair of child-sized scissors that your child can hold comfortably in his hand and that wi...
  • Individuality
    I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills
    Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency— it also allows him to feel empowered, works on socialization and reasoning, and helps develop healthy self-este...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • shy preschooler
    Shyness
    Age-by-Age Guide to Helping Your Shy Child Thrive
    Not every person is cut out to be a social butterfly. Research shows that nearly half of all teens and adults identify themselves as shy. Some people are born with a timid temperament, and others seem to develop a shy personality along the way....
    Erin Dower
  • mom reading aloud to newborn baby
    Brain Development
    Baby Bookworms! 7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
    Did you know that reading to your baby can boost his brain power? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy in June 2014 advising that parents regularly read aloud to kids from infancy through at least age 5 because it stimulates ...
    Erin Dower
  • 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
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Tantrums
    Three-Year-Old Cries All the Time
    Three-year-olds aren't able use words at all times when they are angry, frustrated, or frightened. ...
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    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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  • Toilet Training
    Time to Ditch the Diapers! 10 Parent-Approved Potty Training Techniques
    See ya, diapers! If your child is ready to foray into the world of big kid underwear, it's helpful to have a few potty training secrets up your sleeve. Try some of these parent-suggested tips to help make your experience as easy as possible. Fro...
    Lindsay Hutton